Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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Congress Looks at Fertilizer Legislation

IFCA and our national association has been engaged with members of Congress from Illinois regarding ongoing market disruptions caused by lingering COVID pandemic effects, political instability, severe weather events, volatile energy markets, and trade disruptions. Recent conversations with lawmakers resulted in specific policy solutions to bolster US fertilizer supply.
Congressman GT Thompson from (R-PA) introduced H.R. 8069, the Reducing Farm Input Costs and Barriers to Domestic Production, introduced last week. This legislation relies heavily on input from the fertilizer industry and IFCA.
Highlights of the bill include
  • Directs the Department of the Interior (DOI) to reconsider potash and phosphate as critical minerals
  • Nullifies the current administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) final rule
  • Modifies provision of the farm bill to make more funding readily available to growers and directing the secretary to emphasize the use of third parties to provide technical assistance regarding nutrient management plans
IFCA will keep watching H.R. 8069 and keep our membership informed of progress.  IFCA expect the Senate to introduce a companion piece of legislation in the near future. This legislation highlights the importance of fertilizer to food security and critical issues the industry faces.