Without Extension of the PTC Deadline, Agriculture will be Gridlocked
Washington, D.C. – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) today lauded House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership including Reps. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Peter DeFazio (R-Ore.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), for introducing legislation to extend the deadline for implementation of Positive Train Control on our nation’s rail system. The bill, H.R. 3651, the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act, is a 3-year extension with potential for another 1-2 years if certain requirements are met.
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Christopher L. Jahn is president of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the fertilizer industry’s national trade association. As TFI president, Jahn works to represent, promote and protect a sound fertilizer industry through legislative and regulatory activities and to promote a favorable public image of the fertilizer industry and agriculture. Jahn also serves as president of the Nutrients for Life Foundation (NFL).
The Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2008 mandated that the Federal Railroad Administration initiate rulemaking to require railroads to install Positive Train Control (PTC) systems for certain lines carrying passengers or freight by Dec. 31, 2015. While significant progress has been made, the Association of American Railroads, the Government Accountability Office, and the Federal Railroad Administration have made it clear that the vast majority of rail carriers will not meet this deadline.
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TFI Response: Salon.com article on the U.S. Fertilizer Industry
An April 14, 2016 article published on Salon.com is based largely on premises that have no basis in fact.
Coordinates the collection and analysis of fertilizer manufacturing and consumption data, conducts fertilizer industry trend analyses; hosts annual Fertilizer Outlook session of the Fertilizer Outlook and Technology Conference.
Current Members:Irving Adler, Fertilizer Week
Lori Apodaca, U.S. Geological Survey
David Asbridge, NPKFAS
Pavel Basharimov, UKT Chicago, Inc.
Harry Baumes, U.S. Department of Agriculture
David Bilby, CF Industries, Inc.
Thomas Blue, Blue, Johnson & Associates, Inc.
Robert Boyd, ICIS
Glen Buckley, NPKFAS
Raymond Cantrell, U.S. International Trade Commission
Lucas Carlson, Koch Fertilizer LLC
David Centko, Blue, Johnson & Associates, Inc.
Chris Day, ArrMaz
Joe Dillier, GROWMARK, Inc.
Daniel Engel, GROWMARK, Inc.
Joseph Fung, BHP Billiton Marketing Asia Pte Ltd
David Furbeck, Compass Minerals
Olivia Gist, IFDC
Clyde Graham, Canadian Fertilizer Institute
Vicki Grimshaw, The Andersons, Inc.
Daniel Halonen, The Mosaic Company
Patrick Heffer, International Fertilizer Industry Association
Peter Heffernan, CRU Consulting
Aaron Hoerst, Koch Fertilizer LLC
Jeff Holzman, PotashCorp
Stephen Jasinski, USGS-Minerals Information Team
Andy Jung, The Mosaic Company
Lee (Kel) Kelly III, GROWMARK, Inc.
Gavin Koester, Koch Fertilizer LLC
Kristen Kozic, Yara North America, Inc.
Kenneth Kunz, Honeywell Resins and Chemicals LLC
Dirk Lohry, Nutra-Flo Company
Hugh Loomans, Sylvite Sales Inc.
Timothy Mahoney, International Raw Materials LTD
Mark McDonald, Intrepid Potash, Inc.
William Merschman, Merschman Fertilizer LLC
Donald Messick, The Sulphur Institute
Tim Mizuno, PotashCorp
Joseph Needham, The Andersons, Inc.
Jason Newton, Agrium Inc.
Joyce Ober, USGS-Minerals Information Team
Matt Philippi, The Mosaic Company
Marie Pierson, CF Industries, Inc.
Arvin Pirness, PotashCorp
Richard Pottorff, Doane Advisory Services
Matt Preston, Intrepid Potash, Inc.
Michel Prud'Homme, International Fertilizer Industry Association
Michael Rahm, The Mosaic Company
Brenda Rose, International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)
Kim Ross, NorFalco Sales Inc.
Van Rucker, Intrepid Potash, Inc.
Linda Shepherd, GROWMARK, Inc.
Scott Simpson, -
Joseph Slater, University of Missouri-Columbia
Gerry Tarbet, Fertecon Limited
Ken Taylor, Intrepid Potash, Inc.
Graham Utter, GROWMARK, Inc.
Vidmantas Vareika, ArrMaz
Juan von Gernet, CRU International Ltd. (Fertilizers)
Shelley Weathers, UKT Chicago, Inc.
Wayne Welter, Simplot
William Wolf, The Andersons, Inc.
Yao Yao, PotashCorp
Steve Musser, Beneficial Reuse/Gypsoil
Manages TFI engagement with AAPFCO and coordinates other fertilizer standard setting efforts.
Current Members:Debe Allen, PotashCorp
Aaron Apostolico, The Mosaic Company
David Benefield, Frit Industries, Inc.
Steve Bohan, Koch Fertilizer LLC
Fred Carney, Koch Fertilizer LLC
Bob Cashdollar, Quad Chemical Corporation
Kerry Cooner, Agrium Inc.
Bette Jo Evans, The Mosaic Company
Marc Gilbertson, CVR Partners, LP
William Hall, The Mosaic Company
William Hill, Compass Minerals
Michael Hojjatie, Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.
Klaas Hutter, Shell International Petroleum Company Limited
Barbara James, PotashCorp
Jim Jenkins, Agrium Inc.
Don Jernstrom, The Mosaic Company
Tim Jestness, PCS Phosphate
Pat Johnson, Crop Production Services
Eric Johnson, Chemical Dynamics, Inc.
Drew Lemcke, Nachurs Alpine Solutions Corp.
Julie Mills, Helena Chemical Company
Deena Newell, Everris NA Inc.
Dan Pannell, Compass Minerals
John Peterson, Wilbur-Ellis Company
Elisabeth Price, Yara North America, Inc.
Mary Provance-Bowley, Harsco Minerals
Craig Robinson, FBSciences, Inc.
Hugh Rodrigues, Thornton Laboratories Testing & Inspection Services, Inc.
Aaron Romito, Helena Chemical Company
James Samuelson, Simplot
Scott Schertz, Schertz Aerial Service, Inc.
Sanford Siegel, CF Industries, Inc.
Lyndon Smith, Bio Huma Netics, Inc.
Brian Spencer, CF Industries, Inc.
Lisa Strong, Simplot
Donald Thomas, CF Industries, Inc.
Mark Trostle, Agrium Inc.
Michael Twining, Willard Agri Service of Lynch
Lucia Villavicencio, ICL/Everris
Brian White, CF Industries, Inc.
Debbie Ziehr, The Andersons, Inc.