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January 13, 2023

USDA will soon begin accepting public comments on environmental and related aspects of 21 potentially viable projects to increase fertilizer production across the United States totaling up to $88 million. These applicants have requested grant funding through the first round of the Department’s newly established Fertilizer Production Expansion Program.


The Department is considering fertilizer production projects in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. The 30-day public comment period will close February 8, 2023.


The Fertilizer Production Expansion Program is part of a whole-of-government effort to promote competition in agricultural markets. USDA has also released a summary of the comments (PDF, 953 KB) received through a Request For Information on Access to Fertilizer: Competition and Supply Chain Concerns, which highlights the variety of concerns about the limited competition and dependence of foreign sources for significant amounts of fertilizer.


In background citations, the USDA notes that Canadian company Nutrien accounts for 20 per cent of the share of global potash mine capacity followed by other firms in Russia (13%), Belarus (13%), and China (11%).


Source:  USDA January 9, 2023 news release



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Submitted by Karen Davidson on 13 January 2023