Language in the new Farm Bill, signed into law late December 2018, gives explicit recognition to enhanced-efficiency fertilizers (EEFs) and recognizes their innovative technology and environmental benefits.
EEFs are forms of fertilizer designed to reduce nutrient losses to the environment and increase nutrient availability to crops. These include controlled-release fertilizers like ESN, slow-release fertilizers, inhibitors and stabilizers.
Perhaps the most significant mention in the new farm bill is that EEFs can be used in conjunction with USDA conservation programs in which growers participate. Programs include USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) supported programs, like the Water Quality Enhancement Activity project which also encouraged the use of EEFs.
“By encouraging the use of EEFs like ESN, the USDA is recognizing the importance of EEFs in a strong on-farm nutrient stewardship plan,” says Alan Blaylock, ESN Senior Agronomist. “These important tools will continue to help growers reduce nutrient losses to the environment while increasing crop yield.”
The US government provides a number of nitrogen fertilizer incentives to encourage the use of environmentally friendly farming practices, including these five.
To learn about the controlled-release difference and what sets ESN apart, click here.
To view the Enhanced Efficiency Nitrogen Fertilizer Reference Guide for agriculture, click here.
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