In Perspective: Nutrient standards likely coming soon
The fertilizer industry is under intense scrutiny by the government and the public, and it likely will get worse before it gets better. The ag retailer and fertilizer industries are working together to preserve logical use of fertilizer and to ensure the public of its safety.
In this month’s issue, the Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute are launching the ResponsibleAg initiative to create a fertilizer code of practice for the industry. This initiative is greatly needed and is ambitious. Be sure to read all the details of the program on page 22.
With the entire fertilizer industry working with associations like ARA and TFI, hopefully, strict, unrealistic rules and regulations can be avoided. But it is not a sure thing. Ag retailers and their farmer customers have to buy into the ResponsibleAg initiative. The EPA and courts have to be dissuaded from stepping in and creating new limits and regulations on ag retailers and farmers. No retailer can afford to sit back and wait to see what will happen with nutrient regulations. The courts have ruled, but the tide can be turned. Get involved in ARA and TFI and write your representatives and senators because doing nothing will not serve you or your operation.