Fertilizer Advisory Committee is to help industry, farmers and Pa. officials


HARRISBURG – At the direction of Gov. Edward Rendell, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has created an advisory committee to help state officials, farmers and industry officials on matters relating to the fertilizer sector.
The Fertilizer Advisory Committee provides a forum for representatives from production agriculture, agricultural research, turf maintenance, manufacturing and nutrient management to share information about research, technology and regulations affecting Pennsylvania’s fertilizer industry, said Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff.
Working with fertilizer producers on issues they face will help their businesses, as well as the farmers who rely on high-quality, Pennsylvania fertilizers to grow food and help make their operations profitable, he said.
Research. The committee is reviewing a fertilizer production research project at Pennsylvania State University, where the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is investing $106,000 to help farmers get more out of their fertilizer.
The department plans on doing this by reducing the separation of components when fertilizer is placed into bags, which ensures greater uniformity and provides maximum results for crops, studies have shown.
Other issues. The committee also plans to:

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