The USDA is calling for public comments until February 8th concerning projects aimed at improving domestic fertilizer production.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking to fund 21 projects aimed at increasing domestic fertilizer production in the US, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in mid-January. They are looking for public comment concerning these projects, according to a Florida Grower article. See the details below.

Details on Domestic Fertilizer Production

Vilsack said in the article, “At USDA, our goal is to provide all farmers, including new and underserved producers, with the opportunity to receive the assistance they need to continue farming, to build and maintain their competitive-edge, and to access more, new and better markets. Working together we can ensure American agriculture is as resilient as ever and will do so by implementing a holistic approach to emergency assistance, lowering input costs through investments in domestic fertilizer production and promoting competition in agricultural markets.”

The USDA is looking for public comments concerning the “environmental and related aspects” of the 21 projects, which will be funded by the USDA’s newly established Fertilizer Production Expansion Program through grants totaling $88 million.

According to the article, “The USDA is considering fertilizer production projects in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.”

Those wishing to comment can find instructions here.

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