US seeks to expand domestic fertilizer production with new grants

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The US Department of Agriculture’s secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced on Monday that the agency, under the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program (FPEP), will award $52.6mn to 17 new fertilizer projects.

The USDA stated in a press release that the initiative – which was launched in 2022 following Russia’s market-disrupting invasion of Ukraine – initially sought to disburse $500mn to farmers and businesses with a view to stimulating domestic fertilizer production and creating jobs in rural communities.It said that in June of this year, due to high demand for grants, it increased that figure to $900mn.

The agency noted that since the FPEP was set up it has pledged to invest a total of $121mn in 33 projects. It added that it will announce further awards in the coming months.

Monday’s largest grant went to Bionutrients Ag LLC. The company, which will receive $5.5mn, plans to build a $50mn specialty fertilizer plant in Wabash, Indiana. It will use chicken manure, as well as other poultry waste, to produce fertilizer for grain and fruit crops.

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