WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined a letter led by Congressman Tom Emmer (R-MN) along with 95 colleagues to President Biden urging action on rising fertilizer prices.
“I hear concerns from agriculture producers in North Dakota nearly every day about rising fertilizer prices. I urge President Biden and his administration to take immediate actions that will help lower fertilizer costs, secure our supply chain, and allow our farmers to continue to feed and fuel the world,” said Congressman Armstrong.
“Skyrocketing and unprecedented input prices are robbing our farmers of their livelihoods, and even today’s high commodity prices simply can’t keep pace,” said Congressman Emmer. “President Biden owes it to our ag community to ensure fertilizer is accessible and affordable.”
The members encouraged President Biden’s administration to review all available options to lower the cost of fertilizer, including but not limited to:
- Eliminating the cross-border vaccine mandate for transporters of essential commerce;
- Urging the USDA to use its existing authorities under the food supply chain and pandemic response resources to provide support for farmers facing financial difficulties;
- Ensuring agricultural minerals like phosphate and potash are part of the Department of the Interior’s crucial mission;
- increasing U.S. gas production; and
- Approving pending export permits at the Department of Energy for liquefied natural gas
The full letter can be found here.
Fertilizer prices rose significantly through March of this year. Diammonium phosphate (DAP), the world’s most commonly used fertilizer, reached its highest price on record last week, up 16% from the previous month. The price of urea rose 10% in the same period.
Prices have been further impacted by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, with sanctions bringing Russian fertilizer imports to a standstill. Russia is consistently among the world’s leading exporters of fertilizer, with a trade volume of nearly $9 billion annually.