The Andersons’ Waterloo, Indiana, Location Completes Indiana’s 4R Certification Program

WATERLOO, IND. - The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that The Andersons, Inc.’s facility in Waterloo, Indiana, is among the first four retailers in the state to achieve certified status. The facility was a participant in the Indiana 4R Certification Pilot Audit Program, which help shaped the standards and audit process for Indiana’s 4R Certification Program. 

4R is a voluntary certification program that provides a science-based framework for plant nutrition management and sustained crop production, while considering individual farms' needs.

“The Andersons is proud to support the 4R program as we feel it is an effective, science-based approach for managing nutrients, which leads to better outcomes for farmers and the environment,” said Adam Lovelace, director of farm centers at The Andersons, Inc.

The program certifies that nutrient service providers and agricultural retailers in Indiana - who apply or make recommendations on how nutrients should be applied to crops - are doing so in accordance with 4R Nutrient Stewardship principles: using the Right Source of Nutrients at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place. Program participants must go through an annual, independent, third-party audit and demonstrate that they not only understand 4R principles, but also follow them. 

“The 4R Certification program is an ongoing effort for the agricultural industry to support clean water, healthy crops and to and we are proud of the continued commitment shown by Indiana’s agribusiness and conservation community,” said Carrie-Vollmer Sanders, Nutrient Stewardship Council chairwoman.

“The Andersons’ Waterloo, Indiana, location has demonstrated a commitment to the principles of 4R nutrient management by becoming one of Indiana’s first 4R Certified locations,” said Ben Wicker, chair of the Indiana Nutrient Stewardship Council. “The Indiana Nutrient Stewardship congratulates you valuing the importance of 4Rs to your business, your farmers and the community.” 

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is governed and guided by the Nutrient Stewardship Council, a diverse set of stakeholders from business, government, university and non-governmental sectors with a common goal of maintaining agricultural productivity while also improving soil health and water quality. The program is administered by the Agribusiness Council of Indiana. For more information, visit