Dennis and Greg Lott of Lott Seed Farms, Inc. in Kalkaska were recently named as winners of the 2014 4R Advocate Award by The Fertilizer Institute. The award, now in its third year, recognizes growers for their actions to protect the environment, boost profitability and benefit society through good nutrient stewardship practices based on the 4Rs.
The 4Rs refer to using the right nutrient source, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. This system allows farmers to more strategically target nutrient application, which reduces waste, saves money and helps protect the environment.
"Michigan's agriculture industry is leading the way in implementing sustainability measures, including the 4R system," says Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association. "Our farmers are committed to acting as good stewards of Michigan's air, land and water. Lott Seed Farms is a great example of the work that Michigan farmers are doing to grow their businesses and become more sustainable. We congratulate them on receiving the 2014 4R Advocate Award."
Winners are nominated by their retail dealers, who also receive 4R awards. Lott Seed Farms was nominated by Dale Dosenberry with Wilbur-Ellis in Edmore.
The recipients of this year's award receive an expense-paid trip to the Commodity Classic, scheduled for Feb. 26 - March 1 in San Antonio, Texas. The Commodity Classic is the once-a-year, can't-miss event for America's soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers. At the Classic, 4R Advocate winners will see the latest agricultural innovations first-hand, meet other growers and agricultural leaders from across the nation, and will be honored at an invitation-only banquet.