The Fertilizer Institute, US

Sally Flis is the Director of Agronomy at The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) in Washington D.C., USA. In her role at TFI, Sally works with the 4R Nutrient Stewardship programs to help increase the science base and understanding of on-farm practice implementation. Sally is also involved in providing science support for state and national nutrient policy issues. Before joining TFI, Sally worked with famers in the Northeastern U.S. to implement and develop nutrient management plans. Dr. Flis received her Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont, her M.S. Dairy Science and B.S. in Dairy Science and Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Talk: Using 4R Nutrient Stewardship to Optimize Soil and Plant Health
Outline: The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Framework helps farmers achieve cropping system goals such as increased production, increased farmer profitability, enhanced environmental protection and improved sustainability, through consideration of the right source of fertilizer applied at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. Making the most effective and efficient 4R decisions requires the farmer and their trusted consultants to examine soil physical, chemical, and biological characteristics, site characteristics like waterways and slope of a field, crop system goals and practices, and weather. Understanding how 4R decisions fit in a whole crop production system will optimize the economic, environmental, and social outcomes for a farmer.

Session 2: Integrating Phytobiome Systems-based Knowledge
Wednesday 5 December