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Legislation could speed up domestic fertilizer production

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A bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate would streamline the permitting process for more domestic phosphate and potash production.

Ed Thomas with The Fertilizer Institute says, “We certainly do see a need for permitting reform. This is just a first step.” Thomas tells Brownfield they’ve been trying to increase the domestic supply of fertilizer by pushing for government policy changes. “One of those is getting USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) to list phosphorus and potash as critical minerals, and what that does for the industry is it really just helps permitting, so it kind of streamlines the process so that it’s a little faster, potentially.”

Thomas tells Brownfield that naming phosphorus and potash as critical minerals would allow one government agency walk the permit through the approval process and stop the back-and-forth approval process.

Legislation could speed up domestic fertilizer production