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·         Op-Ed: American Farmers Face Crippling Prices at the Hands of Fertilizer Oligopoly

·         Farmers Need to Have that Uncomfortable Fertilizer Conversation



Op-Ed: American Farmers Face Crippling Prices at the Hands of Fertilizer Oligopoly


By Jon Doggett, Opinion, AgWeb

November 16, 2021


Doggett is CEO of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA)


If you’re looking to make a killing off the stock market, forget about Amazon, you should invest in fertilizer companies.


While other corporations and firms are attracting public scrutiny for how their practices impact Americans, fertilizer executives are making out like bandits at the expense of the people who feed and fuel America. Let’s just refer to them as the Fertilizer Oligopoly.


What has the Fertilizer Oligopoly been up to? It is using the government to elbow the competition out of the way and taking over the American fertilizer market.


One of the most Machiavellian moves by the Fertilizer Oligopoly came when the U.S.-based company Mosaic, which produces fertilizers sold here and abroad, used severe weather conditions in 2017 and 2018, which reduced fertilizer purchases, to manufacture a crisis that it convinced the International Trade Commission was the fault of imports. ITC fell for this nonsense hook, line and sinker, and in March it imposed 19.7% tariffs on phosphate fertilizers imported from Morocco and Russia.


It goes without saying that this development has caused a real crisis in the farming community, where corn growers and other farmers are telling me that fertilizer prices have gone up as much as 200% in one year. As prices increase for these products, farmers are also dealing with supply issues that are hiking costs for seed and crop protection products.


This is all a gut punch to the American farmer.


Meanwhile, the Fertilizer Oligopoly is profiteering...


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Farmers Need to Have that Uncomfortable Fertilizer Conversation


By Andy Eubank, Hoosier Ag Today

Nov 17, 2021


The current state of global fertilizer supply and demand is creating a challenge on the farm, to put it mildly. Demand is very high, supplies aren’t where they need to be, and the resulting high prices likely won’t be going away soon.


“Supplies are very far down compared to normal levels,” says Josh Linville, a farmer and Director of Fertilizer at StoneX. “Demand continues to stay where it’s at. Supply and demand is trying to balance itself and we can’t do it with supply, so it’s trying to get the price high enough to kill demand.”


He says global demand includes phenomenal needs out of India and Brazil, along with North America. Then there were problems revolving around Hurricane Ida and Covid shutdowns.


China has had energy issues too.


“We have seen them take the approach of the government shutting down exports. They are not allowing anything to leave the country, phosphates and nitrogen. That is one of the biggest producers and one of the bigger exporters that has all of a sudden removed themselves, and that’s through June of ’22.”


What should a farmer do now for 2022 needs? Linville says have a conversation with your supplier, as much as you may not want to talk about it...


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