fertilizer cost Tag

Related ATTRA resource: How To Reduce Synthetic Fertilizer Use Writing for The Conversation, former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan says that the United States should support not just increased production, but also nature-based solutions in response to rapidly rising synthetic fertilizer prices. She provides examples of farming practices that help farmers reduce or forgo synthetic fertilizers, such as crop rotation, composting, and raising crops and livestock together. Merrigan also discusses biological products such as biofertilizers and bionutrients that can substitute for harsher chemical inputs....

Related ATTRA resource: How To Reduce Synthetic Fertilizer Use National Public Radio's 1A program is airing a week-long series called Deeply Rooted, with in-depth stories on agriculture. This particular episode focused on rising food prices and also looked at the role that rising fertilizer prices plays....

A feature from Bloomberg puts forth the idea that rapidly rising fertilizer costs may be the encouragement needed to become more efficient with fertilizer use, much the same way the oil shocks of the 1970 jump-started energy conservation and led to greater production efficiencies. Using less synthetic nitrogen fertilizer could help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and preserve water quality. Precision application based on soil testing could provide a strategy for using less fertilizer, experts say....