Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Crop and Livestock Production Systems: Existing Technical, Economic, and Social Impediments and Future Opportunities

August 13-15, 2013 Kansas City, MO

Conference Sponsors: Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), The Fertilizer Institute (TFI).

Conference Co-Sponsors: Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), American Geophysical Union (AGU), International Nitrogen Initiative (INI).


Co-Conveners: Eric Davidson (Woods Hole Research Center), Chuck Rice (Kansas State University).

Organizing committee: Emma Suddick (Woods Hole Research Center),Mark David (University of Illinois), Dan Jaynes (USDA-ARS), Cliff Snyder (International Plant Nutrition Institute), Dave Mengel (Kansas State University), Carrie Laboski (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Linda Prokopy (Purdue), Al Rotz (USDA-ARS), Jerry Hatfield (USDA-ARS), Harold Van Es (Cornell), Ron Gehl (North Carolina State University),Cassie Mescher (SSSA), Keith Schlesinger (SSSA).


  1. Keynote–Kenneth Cassman, University of Nebraska: The challenge to optimize food production while minimizing environmental impacts PDFPDF
  2. David Mengel, Kansas State University: Technical progress and impediments to improving NUE through fertilizer and crop management PDFPDF
  3. J . Mark Powell, United States Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service, WI: Technical progress and impediments to improving NUE through manure management PDFPDF
  4. Otto C. Doering, III, Purdue University: Progress on private and public economic incentives for improving NUE on the farm and impediments to their adoption PDFPDF
  5. Linda Prokopy, Purdue University: Social perceptions and awareness of linkages among food production, food prices and choices, and air PDFPDF
  6. Richard B. Ferguson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Nebraska’s Central Platte Valley PDFPDF
  7. Deanna Osmond, North Carolina State University: Farmer BMP Adoption: Lessons from the Watershed Studies PDFPDF
  8. Michelle Perez, World Resources Institute: Does the policy-making process affect farmer compliance? A three-state case study of nutrient management regulations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed PDFPDF
  9. Hans van Grinsven, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency: Nitrogen management, regulation and impacts in northwestern Europe under the Nitrates Directive PDFPDF
  10. Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio, Mexico Global Wheat Program: Progress and impediments to improved nitrogen use efficiency in the Yaqui Valley of Mexico PDFPDF
  11. Paul Fixen, IPNI: Perspective 1 PDFPDF
  12. Jerry Hatfield, USDA-ARS: Perspective 2 PDFPDF
  13. Chuck Rice, Kansas State University: Perspective 3 PDFPDF

For more information read the Brochure on NUE and the full text of the Kansas City Consensus Statement on NUE.