The fertilizer industry’s contribution to a healthy economy was applauded by President Donald Trump at a recent event in Ohio. President and CEO of CF Industries Inc. and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) Vice Chairman, Tony Will, joined President Trump for a speech about the country’s aging inland water transportation infrastructure.
Following the shale gas revolution, the US fertilizer industry has added manufacturing jobs to the economy. Plans to build new manufacturing plants or re-open and expand existing facilities will add billions of dollars to the US economy. Each new facility creates jobs for construction workers and permanent high-paying jobs for individuals who will work in that plant.
“We extend sincere thanks to President Trump for recognising the fertilizer industry,” said TFI President Chris Jahn. “Each year, more than 13 million t – more than one-third of all fertilizer used by US farmers - is shipped on the nation’s inland waterways. Improvements in transportation infrastructure are an investment in the agricultural economy, including the livelihoods of some 500 000 workers supported by the fertilizer industry.”
“Though we might not be top-of-mind for food consumers, our products are the essential engines of agricultural productivity,” said Jahn. “Absent fertilizer, the world would be without 50% of its food supply.”
“Modern transportation infrastructure to support just-in-time delivery of fertilizers will provide a measure of added certainty for our nation’s two million farmers,” said Jahn. “The Administration’s focus on improving our nation’s transportation infrastructure is a wise investment, and we thank the President for his commitment to the agricultural economy.”