Senators call on USTR for long-term fertilizer stability

A group of Republican Senators is asking the United States Trade Representative to secure and stabilize global fertilizer trade.

Roger Marshall of Kansas, Nebraska’s Deb Fischer and Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa recently sent a letter to Ambassador Katherine Tai asking her to develop and execute a plan that would find alternative suppliers.

The group says trading with Russia, China and Belarus is unreliable and it has added volatility to the market. The Senators say the U.S. should prioritize its trading relationship with Canada since it exports about two-thirds of the worlds’ potash production.

The letter also says Russia’s war in Ukraine has created a global food shortage and could force many countries to compete against each other for less available crop nutrients.

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