CFI offers growing support to farmers

May 08, 2009
Written by Canadian Fertilizer Institute
May 8, 2009, Ottawa — The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food yesteray to discuss the industry’s importance to the competitiveness of Canadian agriculture.

In their presentation to the Committee, CFI president Roger Larson and vice-president of Strategies and Alliances Clyde Graham highlighted a number of key ways the Canadian fertilizer industry contributes to the competitiveness of crop producers, including:
• Delivering fertilizer on time from the Peace River District to the Annapolis Valley.
• Ensuring farmers have reliable access to high-quality fertilizer products.
• Providing the latest scientific advice to allow farmers to get the most from every dollar spent on fertilizer.
• Managing stewardship programs to protect the environment and protect the public from accidents or criminal misuse.
• Improving farmer access to the latest fertilizer and supplement technology through the Canadian Fertilizer Products Forum.
• Educating the public about the critical role that plant nutrients play in feeding the world by sponsoring and supporting the Nutrients for Life Foundation.

“Fertilizer is the foundation of Canadian agriculture,” said Graham. “There is no substitute for adequate crop nutrition for the production of an abundant food supply and the preservation of green spaces at home and around the world.”

The Canadian Fertilizer Institute is an industry association representing manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers. The industry employs 12,000 Canadians and contributes $7 billion annually to Canada’s economy. Its products contribute to the supply of safe, nutritious food in Canada and around the world.

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