Legislation introduced to classify phosphate and potash as critical minerals

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the in the U.S. House that would list phosphate and potash as critical minerals.

Vice President of Government Affairs for the Fertilizer Institute Ed Thomas tells Brownfield, “It is bipartisan legislation that we feel will be really helpful in a movement to increase domestic fertilizer supply.”

Co-sponsor Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat, says being dependent on Russian and Chinese minerals for crop fertilizers putsthe U.S. at risk and adding phosphate and potash to Department of the Interior’s list of critical minerals would better reflect their importance to national food security.

Thomas is optimistic that this bill and others could be included in the baseline language of the 2023 Farm Bill.

“There is a lot of talk on Capitol Hill around supporting increased domestic supply. You know, the farmers have spoken loud and clear that they need a reliable source of fertilizer for food security here in the United States.”

Earlier this year, the America’s Supply Chains Executive Order by the White House called for a review of critical minerals and efforts to expand domestic production.  The critical minerals list was last revised in 2022 and excluded phosphate and potash.

Michigan is one of the few states in the U.S. with a potash mine which is currently in development.

The bill is co-led in the House by Reps. Kat Cammack (FL-03), Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), and Barry Moore (AL-02). Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) is leading companion legislation in the U.S. Senate. 

Interview with Ed Thomas at the 2023 Info Ag Conference in St. Louis

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