We are the men and women who work in the U.S. fertilizer industry – and we are 89,000 proud. Whether engineers at large-scale fertilizer producers, wholesale workers who store fertilizer until farmers need it or family-owned retailers who work with farmers, we do our jobs with pride.
The food to feed our growing global population depends on a steady supply of fertilizer nutrients before it is harvested. Our highest priority is to ensure that natural resource stewardship, community safety and responsible agricultural practices are part of the equation.
Fertilizer significantly increases the amount of food that can be safely grown per acre and experts say this allows two out of five people around the world to have access to a reliable food supply.
U.S. fertilizer companies employ close to 90,000 people, and the fertilizer industry contributes $155 billion to the U.S. economy.
The safety of our employees, first responders and local communities is our highest priority. We experience fewer than one-half the safety incidences of our peers in the chemical manufacturing and wholesaler industries.*
Through the industry’s support for 4R Nutrient Stewardship, farmers are achieving higher yields, lower input costs, and reductions in nutrient losses to the environment.
The Fertilizer Industry is committed to natural resource conservation. In 2017, companies reclaimed 2,895 acres of land.*
U.S. farmers have more than doubled corn production using just 6.9% more fertilizer than they used in 1980.