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Some notable recent accomplishments towards water quality improvement: • MA4RA recently received a grant – with matching funds from The GROWMARK Foundation – to implement practices on 335,000 acres and to reduce the loss of approximately 1,500,000 pounds of nitrogen and 90,000 pounds of phosphorus to the Chesapeake Bay. • MA4RA and Natural Resource Conservation Service signed a memorandum of understanding to collectively advance the implementation of 4R practices. • Collectively the association educated and trained more than 500 farmers and partners on advanced nutrient management practices through field days and grower days in south central Pennsylvania and Delmarva. • In Delmarva, the association enrolled more than 13,500 acres in advanced nutrient management, 700 acres in wetland reserve easements, and performed outreach to more than 1,700 people on 4R practices. • The Nature Conservancy and PA4R partnered with The Mill and GROWMARK FS to host a 4R field day and build new partnerships in York County. In central Illinois, watersheds in which GROWMARK is engaged to promote nutrient management and conservation on a local scale: Lake Springfield Lake Decatur Lake Bloomington Indian Creek (Livingston County) The 4R management concept seeks to match nutrient applications, such as fertilizer and manure, as closely to crop needs as possible. The 4Rs refer to the the right nutrient source, at the right rate, at the right time, in the right place. Applying 4R Nutrient Stewardship concepts can help to improve nutrient use efficiency on farms, making farms more profitable and reducing losses to the environment. 4R management principles are specific to each farm, field, and growing season. The right combination of practices for each farm will consider economic, environmental, and social factors. 7