Agrium VP heads Canadian Fertilizer Institute
August 29, 2013 By Canadian Fertilizer Institute
Aug. 29, 2013, Banff, Alta. — Greg Yont has been elected chairman of the
board of directors of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI).
Aug. 29, 2013, Banff, Alta. — Greg Yont has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI).
Yont is vice-president, Wholesale Global Logistics, at Agrium Inc.
"Canada's fertilizer industry is recognized worldwide for its leadership in product stewardship and sustainability," said Yont. "I look forward to doing my part to help CFI explain to stakeholders the essential role of crop nutrients in modern agriculture and the benefits of using fertilizer responsibly."
FOUR PRIORITIES FOR NEXT TWO YEARS
Over the next two years, Yont identified four key priorities to enhance the industry's licence to operate:
• Increase adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship on Canadian farms.
• Implement an auditing program for the Agricultural Ammonium Nitrate Code of Practice.
• Work in partnership with governments, industry stakeholders and transportation companies to ensure the safety of our communities.
• Establish achievable standards for environmental performance for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Yont succeeds Norm Beug, retired senior vice president, Potash, at The Mosaic Company, as chairman of the board.
Beug joined the board in 1998 and over the last 15 years has served as chairman twice, first with a predecessor company IMC.
THE 4R NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Beug was instrumental in moving the industry forward in the promotion and adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship, the safety and security of fertilizer products including CFI's Codes of Practice, as well as raising awareness of the essential role fertilizers play in feeding the hungry planet.
Yont has worked with Agrium and its predecessor companies since 1988, progressing through senior positions in manufacturing, business development, marketing and logistics. He most recently served as CFI's vice-chairman.
Beug is retiring in August 2013 after a long and successful career in the fertilizer industry. In 2002, Beug was named as one of the ten most influential businessmen in Saskatchewan for his work as a Business Ambassador. In 2005, he was honoured with a Centennial Medal from the Government of Saskatchewan.
The Canadian Fertilizer Institute is an industry association representing manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers.
Its mission is to be the unified voice of the Canadian fertilizer industry by promoting the responsible, sustainable and safe production, distribution and use of fertilizers. The industry employs 12,000 Canadians and contributes $12 billion annually to Canada's economy.
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