4R Research Fund

About The Foundation for Agronomic Research (FAR)

The Foundation for Agronomic Research (FAR) is a non-profit research and education foundation created to improve the research, education, economic vigor and sustainability of agriculture.

4R Research Fund

The 4R Research Fund was established by the fertilizer industry to help establish sustainability indicators and environmental impact data for the implementation of 4R Nutrient Stewardship across North America. It provides needed resources to measure and document the economic, social, and environmental impacts of 4R Nutrient Stewardship. The knowledge produced through the Fund will help expand the 4Rs beyond being solely an industry effort and toward becoming a viable strategy to address nutrient loss to the environment and crop productivity.

Funds for the 4R research effort were initially derived from within the fertilizer industry. Specifically, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and the Fertilizer Canada have obtained support from their members. Since the creation of the 4R Research Fund, additional agricultural stakeholders have contributed to the effort.

The 4R Research Fund was established within FAR. A 4R Fund Management Committee provides oversight of the 4R Research Fund and includes representation from TFI and Fertilizer Canada, as well as agricultural industry members to ensure that industry priorities are maintained and a consistent 4R approach is executed.

A Technical Advisory Group determines research needs and funding areas and provides input and support to the Fund Management Committee. The Technical Advisory group includes representatives from industry, academia, government agency experts in agronomy, environmental sciences, sustainability, government relations, and communications.

U.S. Funded Projects

4R Research Fund Contributors


AGRIServices of Brunswick, LLC

Agronomy Company of Canada

American Plant Food Corporation

Ameropa North America

CHS Inc.


California Sulphur Company

Cargill AgHorizons US

Cavendish Agri Services LTD

CF Industries, Inc.

Chaleur Fertilizers LTD

Chemical Dynamics Inc.

Compass Minerals

Cooperative Producers Inc.


Dyno Nobel Inc.

El Dorado Chemical Company

Environmental Defense Fund

Eurochem North America Inc.

FBSciences, Inc.

Fluid Fertilizer Foundation

Frit Industries, Inc.

Gavilon Fertilizer, LLC

Grammer Industries, Inc.


HarBrand lnc./HG&N Fertilizer

Heartland Tank Services

Honeywell Resins & Chemicals LLC


lndagro USA

International Commodities Export Corporation an H.J. Baker & Bro., LLC Company

International Raw Materials LTD

Intrepid Potash Inc.

J. B. Pearle Sales & Service Inc.

John Deere

K + S North America

Keytrade AG

Kirby Agri, Inc.

Knox Fertilizer LLC

Koch Fertilizers LLC

Macewen Agricentre, Inc

Martin Sulphur

MFA Incorporated

Micronutrient Manufacturers Association

Mid Kansas Cooperative Association

Mo Valley Ag & Farmers Supply

Monke Brothers Fertilizer

Morral Companies, LLC

Nachurs Alpine Solutions

Nutra-Fio Company


Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies

Oxbow Sulphur Inc.

Pinnacle Ag Inc.

PVS Chemical Solutions Inc.

R.W. Griffin Feed, Seed & Fertilizer

Rentech Nitrogen GP, LLC

Rio Tinto Minerals

Richardson International


Sanders Products

Shrieve Chemical Company

Shur-Gro Farm Services, LTD


Specialty Fertilizer Products

S.Q.M. North America

Sumitomo Corp. of America

Sylvite Group of Companies

Synagri LP

Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.

The Andersons, Inc.

The McGregor Company

The Mosaic Company

Tiger-Sul Products

Trammo Inc.

Twin State, Inc.

United Services Association

United Suppliers, Inc.

Viterra Inc.

Warner Fertilizer Company

Wilbur-Ell is Company

Willard Agri-Service of Frederick

Wilson Industrial Sales Co., Inc.

Wolf Trax Inc.

Yara North America, Inc.