• Fertilizer Transport by Rail Now Tracked for Efficiency

    "The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) lauded the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for finalizing its rulemaking at the end of November requiring Class I railroads to provide performance reports on shipments of fertilizer.

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  • Investment in fertilizer industry hits $4.5 billion

    "The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) has disclosed that investment in the fertilizer industry has risen to about $4.5 billion.

    The Chief Executive Officer of AFAP, Jason Scarpone, who made the disclosure during the Nigeria Fertilizer Roadmap Stakeholders Consultation yesterday, in Abuja, described the sub-sector’s growth as an economic potential that has the capacity to reduce importation of food into the country.

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  • Fertilizer prices look to rise by late summer

    "CNS Canada — A rise in prices for soybeans and other crops could make fertilizer more expensive in the coming months, according to a major player in the industry.

    In the May market report from the Mosaic Co., the company credited the rally in agricultural commodity prices, the strengthening of key currencies and various Indian subsidies and Brazilian political dramas as helping raise the prospects for a rebound in nitrogen, phosphorous and potash values.

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  • ResponsibleAg growing and recruiting

    "The ResponsibleAg organization announced its “registered retail facilities is now in excess of 1,900,” and the executive director has seen a “marked uptick in participation,” which he expects to continue.

    “We are quickly becoming the ‘go to’ organization for retail compliance assistance tools and assessments,” said the executive director, Bill Qualls.

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  • A Green Revolution

    "NOT so long ago Jean Pierre Nzabahimana planted his fields on a hillside in western Rwanda by scattering seed held back from the last harvest. The seedlings grew up in clumps: Mr Nzabahimana, a lean, muscular man, uses his hands to convey a vaguely bushy shape. Harvesting them was not too difficult, since they did not produce much.

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  • Simplot methodically embraces ResponsibleAg

    "Simplot Grower Solutions announces the first five facilities to be certified through ResponsibleAg for Safety organization and leadership within agricultural retail facilities.

    The Hanford, Firebaugh, Five Points, Colusa, and Madera, CA, operations have been audited and certified as compliant with all federal environmental, health, safety, and security rules regarding safe handling and storage of fertilizer products.

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  • Another famine could threaten Ethiopia


    "Ethiopia is in the grip of a devastating drought sparked by the worst El Niño in a generation, and aid agencies warn that food aid could run out as soon as May.

    Unlike in the past, the government and aid groups have kept food shipments flowing to areas ravaged by drought in recent months. But they need more money, at a time when international donors are distracted by a string of humanitarian disasters around the world.

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  • Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past

    "When Mark Anson came home with his hair on fire after a seminar on the seemingly soporific topic of soil health, his younger brother, Doug, was skeptical.

    What had Mark lit up was cover crops: fields of noncash crops like hairy vetch and cereal rye that act on soil like a nourishing facial after the harvest.

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  • Many Fertilizer Plants Are Poorly Located and Regulated, Says Report on 2013 Blast

    "HOUSTON — Nearly 20 fertilizer plants in Texas and others nationwide have the same dangerous proximity to schools, parks, nursing homes and housing as the one that exploded in the Central Texas town of West in 2013, federal officials said in releasing a final report on the blast Thursday.

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  • News TFI and ARA offer preliminary statements on CSB report

    "Earlier this week, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a draft of its report on the fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company. CSB investigators will present their findings to the board in a public meeting in Waco, Texas, on Thursday.

    The Agricultural Retailers Association has conducted a preliminary review of the draft report's findings.

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