End Notes and References
International Fertilizer Association. (2018). IFADATA ©.
2 In 2017, Agrium and PotashCorp merged to form Nutrien. While this merger eliminated a participating company, it does not materially change the report content.
3 Moody, L. (2018). Communicating the 4Rs to Farmers: Insights and Opportunities. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 73(5), 128A-131A
4 The data set from 2016 is the most recent available as the Department of Labor no longer reports this metric.
5 How We Use Water. (2018, February 05). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/watersense/how-we-use-water.
6 Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. (2017, September). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator.
7 Import and Export data - Foreign Trade Statistics, U.S. Department of Commerce; prepared by The Fertilizer Institute.
In an effort to amplify the industry’s voice on issues that impact fertilizer, TFI developed a State of the Industry Report in 2015. This report is a mechanism to gather data on the social, economic, and environmental impacts of members within the fertilizer industry. The aggregated data summarized in the annual report are then used to support TFI’s various advocacy and outreach programs.
TFI contracted Environmental Resources Management (ERM) to facilitate development and identification of metrics to include in the report, define the metrics, and establish rules for reporting to the various metrics. ERM maintains third-party confidentiality while collecting, reviewing, and aggregating the data collected from participating companies.
Participation in the report is voluntary, meaning the fertilizer companies participating in this report volunteer their time to provide data to as many of the metrics as they have data available.
The State of the Industry Report includes data provided by TFI member companies surrounding the fertilizer industry in the United States. This includes fertilizers manufactured in the United States and imported into the United States. This report represents the entire U.S. value chain of the fertilizer industry from fertilizer manufacturing sites, crop nutrient wholesalers, agricultural retail facilities, and the transport of fertilizer materials throughout the value chain in the United States.