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Fertilize 4 Life

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the United States Department of State (DOS) signed an Interagency Agreement on February 3, 2023, for the implementation of the Global Fertilizer Challenge – Improving Fertilizer Use Efficiency, Effectiveness and Alternatives project, known as Fertilize Right. In Brazil the project is branded as Fertilize 4 Life

Fertilize 4 Life is a multi-national scientific collaboration between University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF|IFAS), the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), and the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to stimulate collaboration and research between the USA and Brazil for efficient and effective fertilizer use. The partners have organized themselves into four topical research groups that align with, and leverage, existing research. 

The outcomes of this collaboration will increase fertilizer-use efficiency, reduce dependency on imports, mitigate the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and provide lasting solutions to advance sustainable agricultural systems in Brazil, the United States, and worldwide.

For more information about this project, contact Dr. Kay Kelsey, Professor and Project Manager 

Position Announcements


  • Group 1: Precision Management, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence
  • Group 2: Biological Products, Soil Biology, and Soil Health
  • Group 1 Team Profile
  • Group 2 Team Profile
  • Group 3: New Products, Including Fertilizers and Biostimulants
  • Group 4: More Efficient Use of Existing Nutrient Sources
  • Group 3 Team Profile
  • Group 4 Team Profile
  • History of Fertilize 4 Life
  • How F4L Works to Combat Food Insecurity

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