Eight businesses are set to split $29 million to boost domestic fertilizer production capacity for projects that the Agriculture Department says will have a near-term impact on the 2023 and 2024 crop years.
Proposed regulations designed to prevent chemical accidents are not justified by the data and could result in consolidation at the retail level, groups representing agricultural chemical dealers are telling the Environmental Protection Agency.
The U.S. fertilizer sector is doing well, buoyed by solid demand and strong commodity prices, but the industry is increasingly concerned about disruptions like low water levels in the Mississippi River and a potential rail strike, says Corey Rosenbusch, president and CEO of The Fertilizer Institute.
Jeff Oberman has been tapped as the California Avocado Commission’s new president and Erica Pinto has been appointed to serve as the vice chair of the Department of the Interior’s inaugural Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee.
Jenny Martin has started working for The Sugar Association as the senior director of communications, and CGB Enterprises has tapped Eric Slater to lead the organization as the new chief executive officer.
Fertilizer prices were already soaring due to weather and supply chain shocks exacerbated by the COVID pandemic before Russia invaded Ukraine in February, leading USDA to announce a $250 million investment in new U.S. production capacity. The question is how much impact that funding can have.