About the Endure Advocate Award Program

The Endure Advocate award is given to FS Crop Specialists who engage in 4R Nutrient Management and Sustainable Farming Practices with their grower customers.

The program recognizes Crop Specialists within our system that help engage growers in sustainable best management practices on their farming operations,” says Lance Ruppert, GROWMARK Agronomy Executive Director of Marketing and Technology. “These best management practices include helping growers implement the 4R nutrient stewardship principles, assist growers with nitrogen management, promote nitrogen stabilizers, implement nitrogen tracking, the use of MiFieldTM Applied Research, and the use of variable rate technology for fertilizer applications.” 

The 4R philosophy takes a science-based approach that offers enhanced environmental protection, increased production, increased farmer profitability, and improved sustainability. The concept is to use the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, with the right placement.

2020 Endure 4R Advocates

Kyle Vogelzang

Kyle Vogelzang - Evergreen FS

Kyle is a Certified Crop Specialist at Evergreen FS, which has its headquarters based in Bloomington, Illinois. 

"“I try and challenge my growers to try ideas that may be new to them but making sure it is tracked throughout the season so they can see for themselves the true results. Some growers will bring me ideas as well, and from there, we develop a comprehensive plan to make those ideas work.”"

Tyler Osborne - AgView FS

Tyler is a Certified Crop Specialist at AgView FS, which has its headquarters based in Princeton, Illinois. 

“I feel this is a pretty big honor to receive this award. It is nice to be able to go back to my customers with the Enduring Farm award on their end. In relation, it’s nice to then be recognized on my end for putting the effort forth to help customers follow the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program."


Joe Terando

Joe Terando - Conserv FS

Joe Terando is a certified Crop Specialist at Conserv FS, which has its headquarters based in Woodstock, Illinois.

Junior Whitlow - M&M Service Company

Junior Whitlow is a Certified Crop Specialist at M&M Service Company, which has its headquarters based in Carlinville, Illinois.

Tim Bennet

Tim Bennett - AgView FS

Tim Bennett is a Certified Crop Specialist at AgView FS, which has its headquarters based in Princeton, Illinois.