OTTAWA, Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) has
launched a 4R Nutrient Stewardship Online Training Course to inform
farmers and agri-retailers on ways to improve fertilizer application.
4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right
Place®) supports cropping systems that provide economic, social and
"The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Online Training Course was developed
because CFI recognized the importance of sustainable agricultural
production and efficient fertilizer use," explains Roger Larson,
President of CFI. By following the 4R system farmers can increase
yields on existing cropland (conserving non-cropland for other uses),
replace the nutrients growing plants remove from the soil, and return
more organic carbon to the soil, which results in greater soil health
and added benefits for the environment.
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship System (4Rs) provides a framework to ensure
whether a given crop has access to the necessary nutrients. Properly
managed fertilizers increases profitability and decreases nutrient
losses to the land and air.
"This course takes an in-depth look at the principles, practices and
planning required to develop and implement a 4R plan on-farm," said Dan
Heaney, course developer. "The goal of GrowZone online training is to
provide farmers, certified crop advisers and agri-retailers, with easy
access to the required tools they need to meet cropping system goals in
Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) can visit CFI's GrowZone online training
website to learn about the fertilizer industry's Beneficial Management
Practices (BMPs) and earn continuing education units (CEU) from the
comfort of their own home. The 4R Online Training Course provides board
approved self-study CEUs in order to help CCAs stay at the top of their
field and keep their certification current. CCAs can obtain all of the
required nutrient management credits for a two year period through this
4R Online Training Course.
Here's why farmers and CCAs should take the 4R Nutrient Stewardship
Online Training Course:
For farmers: This course will deepen understanding of nutrient
management in crop production and increase interest in adopting 4R
Nutrient Stewardship on the farm.
For practicing agronomists: This course will provide a solid
understanding of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship System and will assist in
making better nutrient recommendations to farm clients.
For Certified Crop Advisers: This course will award 5.5 Nutrient
Management self-study CEUs.
For interested students: This course will provide a framework for
knowledge concerning nutrient management in crop production.
To begin 4R Nutrient Stewardship Online Training, please visit www.cfi.ca/growzone.
The Canadian Fertilizer Institute is an industry association representing manufacturers, wholesale and
retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur
fertilizers. Our mission is to be the unified voice of the Canadian
fertilizer industry by promoting the responsible, sustainable and safe
production, distribution and use of fertilizers. Our industry employs
12,000 Canadians and contributes $12 billion annually to Canada's
economy. Our products contribute to the supply of safe, nutritious food
in Canada and around the world.
SOURCE: Canadian Fertilizer Institute
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