More and more food companies and manufacturers are sourcing nutrient-efficient crops to reduce business risk and pollution in their supply chains. Nutrient management tools and products can help farmers meet this new demand.
The problem is, farmers and their agricultural advisers have little way of knowing which tools perform as advertised without potentially costly, time-consuming trial and error – the only information available on many tools is limited to marketing materials with sparse data. At the top of the supply chain, big companies that are setting goals for fertilizer optimization find it difficult to verify their suppliers’ progress.
Enter NutrientStar. NutrientStar is an independent, third-party program that determines just how effective nutrient management tools are at helping farmers optimize their fertilizer use – and potentially save on input costs.
To provide farmers and their advisors with the best available information about performance of existing and emerging fertilizer management tools and products so they can choose those best suited to increase productivity, profitability, and environmental outcomes on their fields.
We’re here to help your organization meet its business and sustainability goals through NutrientStar. We work with companies throughout the review process, plus we’re available to food companies, crop advisers and farmers who want to learn how NutrientStar can benefit them.
NutrientStar Administrator, Environmental Defense Fund
Karen Chapman pairs expertise in implementing farmer networks with top-notch program management skills to help every organization get the most from its engagement with NutrientStar. She helps the makers of nutrient management tools understand the review process and works with the review panel and NutrientStar team to assess the nutrient management tools that are submitted.
Co-Founder, S Squared | Owner/Manager, Simplified Technology Services
For 20 years, John McGuire has used his skills in data management, geographic information systems, remote sensing and computer programming to improve precision agriculture practices. He has an inside perspective on both agribusinesses and agricultural consulting. He co-founded consulting firm S Squared to partner with Environmental Defense Fund in the establishment and management of the NutrientStar program.
Co-Founder, S Squared | President, G&K Concepts
Greg Kneubuhler, owner of G&K Concepts, an independent crop consulting firm, has nearly two decades of agronomic experience in improving corn, soybean and wheat production. His focus on precision nutrient management led to his role in the founding of S Squared and his leadership in building the framework for the NutrientStar program.
NutrientStar Science & Data Analyst | Assistant Professor of Biology, Arkansas Tech University
Dr. Ecker provides expert science and data analysis for the NutrientStar program. He draws on his skills in statistical analysis, geographic information systems, and agronomy to analyze the field trial data used to assess nutrient use efficiency products and tools. He earned his B.A. in Biology and Political Science from Goucher College, and his Ph.D in Plant Science from the University of Connecticut.
NutrientStar Program Specialist, Environmental Defense Fund
Aaron provides communications, outreach, and research support for NutrientStar. In this role, he combines diverse experiences working in journalism, as a researcher focusing on agricultural supply chains, and as a farmer. He earned a B.A. from Colgate University in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies, as well as an M.S. from Tufts University in Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science & Policy.