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 identify fertilizer management products and decision support tools that effectively keep nutrients in the field and reduce fertilizer losses. Scientific assessments will provide valuable information on a tool's performance to the entire commodity crop supply chain – from farmers to food companies – while benefiting air and water quality across America.
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 Project Manager, Environmental Defense Fund
Karen Chapman pairs expertise in implementing farmer networks and coordinating supply chain solutions with top-notch analysis and 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 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.