The State of the Fertilizer Industry Report Highlights Industry Sustainable Growth
Annual report tracks environmental, economic, social metrics
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 – Tomorrow night, President Trump will give an unofficial State of the Union address. While we don’t know for certain that fertilizer will play a central theme in the President’s vision for making America great again, the fertilizer industry is hard at work to sustain the future of people everywhere. The Fertilizer Institute’s (TFI) 2016 State of the Fertilizer Industry report, released today, tracks industry performance on key environmental, economic, and social indicators, such as safety, energy and environment, and jobs.
“The future of the fertilizer industry depends on our ability to provide good and services that help growers feed the world, improve lives, and protect the environment, or in short, sustainable growth,” said Chris Jahn, TFI President. “The data in this report showcases the significant steps the industry is taking to make positive contributions and ensure its viability in the future.”
Report highlights include:
- The safety of our employees, first responders, and local communities is a high priority. In 2015, the industry dedicated in excess of 2,600 hours to training emergency responders.
- When compared to similar industries, the fertilizer industry experienced fewer than one-half the safety incidents of peers in the chemical manufacturing and merchant wholesaler industries.
- In 2015, the industry invested $5.1 billion in capital infrastructure projects. These investments create jobs, increase worker and community safety, and help conserve land, energy, land, water, and air resources.
- Land reclamation is a high priority to the industry, and in 2015, the equivalent of 4,200 football fields of land was reclaimed or restored.
- By employing certified crop advisors, the industry is guiding farmers to make sustainable choices and use 4R Nutrient Stewardship with their fertilizer use. In 2015, the industry employed 1,127 certified crop advisors.
- The industry generates more than $154 billion in economic benefit and provides 89,000 direct jobs and 406,000 indirect jobs for a total of 495,000 U.S. jobs.
The report was done in cooperation with many of the key players in the fertilizer industry from all segments of the supply chain from manufacturing to retail. This report accounts for 93 percent of total fertilizer production capacity in the United States and represents industry wholesale and retail sectors. The data represents products produced in, imported to, or transported in 2015.
To learn more about the 2016 State of the Fertilizer Industry report, visit tfi.org/stateoftheindustry.
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is the leading voice of the nation’s fertilizer industry. Tracing its roots back to 1883, TFI’s membership includes fertilizer producers, wholesalers, retailers, and trading firms. TFI’s full-time staff, based in Washington, D.C., serves its members through legislative, educational, technical, economic information and public communication programs. Find more information about TFI online at TFI.org and follow us on Twitter at @Fertilizer_Inst. Learn more about TFI’s nutrient stewardship initiatives at nutrientstewardship.org and on Twitter at @4rnutrients.