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USDA to Fund Domestic Fertilizer Production

Secretary Vilsack highlights recent supply chain disruptions to show the necessity.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack unveiled a new federal grant initiative called the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program, with $500 million in grant money to stimulate American-made fertilizer.

Under the program, grants will be used to support “independent, innovative and sustainable American fertilizer production” to supply American farmers. The goal is to expand the manufacturing and processing of fertilizer and nutrient alternatives in the U.S. and its territories.

In announcing the program, Secretary Vilsack said, “Recent supply chain disruptions have shown just how critical it is to invest in the agricultural supply chain here at home.”

In industrial agricultural systems, the trinity of key nutrients—nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium—is supplied in the form of synthetic fertilizers like urea and anhydrous ammonia (for nitrogen), potash (for potassium), and ammonium phosphates (for phosphorus). 

Ukraine has been a prime source of fertilizer imports.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Vilsack to seek God’s leading as he heads the USDA in supporting fertilizer manufacturing.
  • For USDA officials as they look to prevent supply chain disruptions in agriculture and farming.
  • For American farmers and producers as they adapt to changes in the economy, supply chains, and other dynamics in the wake of the pandemic.

Sources: Just The News, Union of Concerned Scientists


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