The agricultural industry not only provides the nutrients and food needed to feed the populations of the United States but also provides tens of thousands of American jobs. From rural Iowa to the orange groves in Florida, America’s economic livelihood depends in part upon the determination and technological advancements of an ever-changing agriculture industry.
National Agriculture Week serves as a reminder of the tremendous impact agriculture makes on our lives and the environment in which we live, work, and raise a family. This industry continues to see dramatic advances in technology, genetics, crop protection, and the application of fertilizer sources. In this dynamic industry, education and awareness of these changes can only better inform the public and nation as a whole.
As our nation’s population increases, so does the impact and demand for food creating pressure on agriculture to produce more products. This increased demand impacts our natural resources. Our industry is determined to reduce impacts on the land but also develop materials to reduce our daily environmental impact. Known as precision agriculture, American farms are working to reduce the amount of environmental impacts while still growing the food our world desperately needs.
Specifically, the United States contains nearly 11 million diesel vehicles from trucks and ships, to trains. Through increased development of biofuels including ethanol and biodiesel, the American agriculture industry is a leading innovator for reducing harmful emissions and protecting our natural resources. Iowa Fertilizer will assist our nation in protecting our resources through innovative designs and products, changing the game across the industry.
Once operational in late 2015, Iowa Fertilizer will produce between 1.5 million and 2.0 million metric tons of fertilizer products and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), an additive to diesel fuel that reduces harmful emissions from entering our air. DEF is a well-researched and innovative product that improves air quality by reducing Nitric Oxide and other harmful emissions. The product is also estimated to increase fuel efficiency up to 5 percent. Unlike other fertilizer facilities, Iowa Fertilizer will be designed with the DEF producing capabilities rather than pursuing expansions for the product. Iowa Fertilizer surveyed the local environment and found that the by-product of our fertilizer production can also help improve air quality and fuel efficiency. Iowa Fertilizer will use as much of our resources as possible to improve the economy and environment. As the market for DEF continues to grow, Iowa Fertilizer will be a leading supplier of this product.
Iowa Fertilizer will be a world-scale facility that utilizes the most advanced technology and highest environmental and safety procedures. As a new facility, the water filtration system and other components of Iowa Fertilizer operate under the strictest environmental and safety controls than any other plant in the nation. That will ensure the security of employees and products, and reduce the environmental impact within the community.
By utilizing the most innovative plant designs and operation systems, the fertilizer products produced by Iowa Fertilizer will require significantly less energy and natural resources to produce; lowering the usage and cost of products while improving our environment.
National Agriculture Week is a time for awareness and appreciation of the role the American agriculture industry plays in our economy and nation. As the world’s population increases, the demands for high quality products will only grow stronger. However, with recent advances in technology and fertilizer facilities like Iowa Fertilizer, the health and future of the industry remains strong.
Rana serves as the president of Iowa Fertilizer, a world-scale fertilizer plant currently under construction in Wever, Iowa. Iowa Fertilizer is slated for completion in late 2015. Once completed, Iowa Fertilizer will be the first nitrogen fertilizer facility constructed in the United States in nearly 25 years.