White House Recognizes Fertilizer Industry’s Contribution to Jobs and the U.S. Economy
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2017 – The fertilizer industry’s contribution to a healthy economy was recognized by President Donald J. Trump at an event held today in Cincinnati, Ohio. President and CEO of CF Industries, Inc. and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) Vice Chairman Tony Will joined President Trump on stage for a speech about the need to repair our nation’s aging inland water transportation infrastructure. Inland waterways provide a low-cost, economically sustainable and environmentally friendly way to move fertilizer and other agricultural products.
Due to the shale gas revolution, the U.S. fertilizer industry has added manufacturing jobs to the economy, and established itself as a powerhouse in the global fertilizer community. Plans to build new manufacturing plants or re-open and expand existing facilities will add billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. Each new facility creates jobs for construction workers and permanent high-paying jobs for individuals who will work in that plant.
“We extend sincere thanks to President Trump for recognizing the fertilizer industry,” said TFI President Chris Jahn. “Each year, more than 13 million tons – more than one-third of all fertilizer used by U.S. farmers - is shipped on the nation’s inland waterways. Improvements in transportation infrastructure are an investment in the agricultural economy, including the livelihoods of some 500,000 workers supported by the fertilizer industry.”
“Though we might not be top-of-mind for food consumers, our products are the essential engines of agricultural productivity,” said Jahn. “Absent fertilizer, the world would be without 50 percent of its food supply.”
“Modern transportation infrastructure to support just-in-time delivery of fertilizers will provide a measure of added certainty for our nation’s two million farmers,” said Jahn. “The Administration’s focus on improving our nation’s transportation infrastructure is a wise investment, and we thank the President for his commitment to the agricultural economy.”