2016 State of the Fertilizer Industry Report
A Letter from the President

I am pleased to introduce The Fertilizer Institute’s (TFI) second State of the Industry Report. This publication and its corresponding digital version track industry performance on environmental, economic, and social indicators. Only by measuring and evaluating our efforts can we identify areas we can target for improvement.

The future depends on our ability to provide goods and services that help growers feed the world, improve lives, and protect the environment. In short, sustainable growth requires the fertilizer industry to balance economic performance with environmental and social responsibilities. I hope that this report helps you understand the significant steps the fertilizer industry is taking to make positive contributions to the environment, the economy, and society.


Chris Jahn

President of The Fertilizer Institute


ERM, a third party sustainability services consultant, conducted a quantitative and qualitative data collection program on behalf of TFI to understand more fully the economic, social, and environmental impacts of the U.S. fertilizer industry. The project built on the lessons learned from the pilot data collection project conducted in 2015, which was used to report 2013 to 2014 data.

This report1 accounts for 93 percent of total fertilizer nutrient production capacity in the United States and expanded representation of industry wholesale and retail sectors2. All quantitative metrics data in this year’s report represent TFI members’ products (nitrogen, phosphate, and potash materials produced in, imported to, or transported within the United States) in 2015.

TFI considers the following operations to be within the report boundary: fertilizer manufacturing sites; crop nutrient wholesalers; agricultural retail facilities, including but not limited to, blending facilities; and specialty crop nutrient providers.

Participating Companies

Building on the pilot report, 20 companies participated by providing data confidentially to ERM. To protect an individual company’s private data, totals are only provided if three or more companies submitted data for a particular metric. The number of companies providing data for a particular metric is disclosed within each section in the report.

  • AgriuM including Crop Production Services
  • CF Industries
  • CHS
  • Coffeyville Resources Nitrogen Fertilizers
  • Compass  Minerals
  • Dakota Gasification
  • J.R. Simplot Company
  • Koch Ag and Energy Solutions
  • LSB Industries
  • OCI Fertilizers USA
  • PotashCorp
  • SQM North America
  • The Andersons Inc.
  • The McGregor Company
  • The Mosaic Company
  • Trademark Nitrogen
  • Willard Agri-Service
  • Winfield Solutions
Table of Contents

The production, the promise and the challenges of fertilizer

Ensuring safe operation to protect people & their cities

Industry-wide efforts to reduce fertilizer’s ecological impact

Getting nutrients where they’re needed quickly and securely

Promoting sustainable usage and nutrient stewardship

2016 Fertilizer State of the Industry Report PDF

  1. The information provided herein is on an “as is” basis. TFI (including its Officers, directors, employees, and member companies) accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies, does not make any warranty or representation, either express or implied, regarding its accuracy, completeness, or utility; nor does TFI (including its Officers, directors, employees, and member companies) assume any liability of any kind whatsoever resulting from the use or reliance upon any information, material, or procedure contained herein, including but not limited to any claims for damages, loss, or injury regarding health, safety, or environmental effects.
  2. Calculated using participants U.S. production capacity as reported for the year ending June 30, 2015 in the September 2016 North American Fertilizer Capacity Report prepared by the International Fertilizer Development Center.
  3. International Fertilizer Association’s Production and International Trade Committee, 2015 Ammonia and Processed Phosphates Production Statistics.
  4. John Dunham and Associates, Inc. Economic Contribution of the U.S. Fertilizer Industry, 2016.
  5. Employee safety data is self-reported to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). This data represents codes 325311, 325312, and 325 for manufacturing and 325314, 424910, and 424 for blenders and wholesalers.
  6. This data on transport distance represents 64 percent of the total tons transported by the reporting companies.