Stand with U.S. farmers.
Oppose tariffs on fertilizers.

Farmers already face challenges as they struggle to survive a six-year downturn. The last thing they need is a limited supply of fertilizers and increased costs.

A recent development in Washington D.C. poses a threat to farmers and the agriculture industry. The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced countervailing duties (i.e. tariffs) of 19.97% on imports of phosphate fertilizer from Morocco. The Mosaic Company, the second largest phosphate fertilizer producer in the world, asked the government to impose duties that could potentially shut competitors out of the U.S. market and hand them a near monopoly in the U.S. This will hurt countless farmers by reducing choice and supply, and increasing the cost of critical fertilizers.

Criticism has been swift and broad across the agriculture sector. Elected officials and a growing list of voices are strongly expressing their opposition to Mosaic’s petition. The last thing farmers should have to worry about is the risk of a diminished fertilizer supply and unnecessary cost increases due to the actions of a single company.

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American Soybean Association, National corn Growers Association, and the National Cotton Council of America

In a joint letter to the International Trade Commission

"It is our view that countervailing duties on these imports will adversely impact the availability of phosphate fertilizer in the United States and adversely affect crop production and farmer livelihoods.”

Senator John Cornyn (TX)

In a joint letter to the International Trade Commission

“It is especially important during this downturn in the agricultural economy to avoid imposing unnecessary duties that will limit fertilizer supply options and raise the cost of production for farmers.”

“[The price of phosphate fertilizer] can be the difference between profit and loss for our grower members.”

Senator John Boozman (AR)

In a joint letter to the International Trade Commission

"The decrease in fertilizer prices, which has been driven by market forces, has been helpful to U.S. farmers and does not warrant intervention into the market by imposing duties that will have long term consequences."

“Granting this petition will very likely limit fertilizer supply options for America’s farmers and ranchers and increase their input costs.”

Stand for American agriculture

American farmers could lose access to fertilizer, raising costs for everyone.

Farmers are already hurting. The last thing they need is a limited supply of fertilizers and increased costs.

Farmers face challenges and volatility — and are already struggling with a wave of bankruptcies, trying to survive a six-year downturn. The imposition of duties on imported phosphate fertilizers will only exacerbate their challenges, resulting in cost increases and supply issues. For an average farmer, fertilizer can represent 15% of their costs. Increases in the cost of fertilizer could be the difference between profit and loss for farmers — threatening the viability of their business and their ability to remain competitive in global markets.

A limited fertilizer supply affects the entire agriculture industry, impacting countless businesses that support American food production.

Mosaic could achieve a near monopoly in the U.S. market if substantial duties are imposed, forcing competitors out. Other domestic and foreign fertilizer producers would have difficulty filling the supply gap for months, perhaps years, potentially disrupting the entire U.S. agriculture sector. With diminished fertilizer supply, crop yields could fall, production of agricultural goods could be reduced, and U.S. agricultural sufficiency could be undermined — putting U.S. agriculture at a disadvantage in world markets.

Even consumers and grocery stores could feel the impact of increased fertilizer costs.

Throughout the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, consumers have dealt with a limited supply of groceries and increased food prices. Farmers, grocers and food producers worked to increase the stability of the food supply and the safety of their employees, while also adjusting to major shifts in demand as restaurants shuttered and grocery store needs grew. If substantial duties are imposed on phosphate fertilizers — an essential element for the growth of corn, rice, wheat and soy — then the cost of nearly every item on grocery store shelves could increase, hurting consumers that are just beginning to heal from this crisis.