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Sunrise Leads the Way with 4R Certification

Jun 18, 2020

Sunrise Cooperative, Inc. has received notification from the Nutrient Stewardship Council that its Attica, Ballville, Crestline and Norwalk agronomy facilities have retained its 4R Certification for the sixth year. These locations are the first facilities to earn year six certification.
Also earning recognition for with year-one certification are the Sunrise South Charleston, Osgood and Uniopolis agronomy locations.
A leader in agriculture, nutrient management and addressing water quality concerns in the Lake Erie Basin, and the full state of Ohio, Sunrise has proven they are managed in accordance with the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Standard.
“At Sunrise, we begin each day committed to growing the success of our customer-owners, including having people in place to assist with continued education and responsible management of their nutrients,” said George D. Secor, President/CEO of Sunrise Cooperative. “Our dedication to nutrient stewardship is an example of our commitment to water quality and doing our part by not applying nutrients when they are not needed.”
The 4R Certification Program was started in 2014 by the Nutrient Stewardship Council, which includes representatives from universities, businesses, government agencies, and agricultural and environmental organizations. The program is voluntary for nutrient retailers and service providers, but participants are required to keep additional records for program verification and requires annual third-party audits. The program requires participating companies to meet 41 criteria that were phased in over three years. Those criteria include requirements for training and education of staff and customers, as well as the use of 4R recommendations for applying the right source of nutrients at the right rate, time and place. The Ohio AgriBusiness Association takes care of administering the program.
“Working with Sunrise Cooperative, I know I'm getting the best management practices brought to my farm, and the most up to date technology advances to help drive those decisions” said Crawford county farmer Doug Phenicie. “Knowing Sunrise is a 4R certified retailer, assures me that everything we do has the best impact for my farm and community.”
Sunrise Cooperative, Inc. is a leading agricultural and energy cooperative with its corporate headquarters located in Fremont, Ohio. We offer team-based solutions across multiple divisions including agronomy, grain, energy and feed, as well as a nationally recognized precision ag department and our own crop nutrition division, PCT | Sunrise. Sunrise is a 100-percent farmer-owned cooperative, and we are committed to bringing innovative choices and expert solutions to our customer-owners. At Sunrise, we offer you the best choices delivered by the best team through our state-of-the art facilities and expertly trained employees. We strive each day to grow your success.

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