Processing Magazine

Farm Bill Attracts Fertilizer Lobby

March 24, 2008
According to the Associated Press, the main trade group for the fertilizer industry spent nearly $900,000 lobbying in 2007, fielding issues related to the farm bill and energy legislation.

The Fertilizer Institute, which represents more than 175 producers, importers and retailers, spent almost $540,000 in the second half of 2007 to lobby Congress on its own behalf, according to a disclosure form posted online by the Senate''s public records office. It also lobbied on bills related to climate change, chemicals, tax credits and transportation.

Some of the group''s top issues include the rising cost of natural gas, product security and removal of trade barriers to increase fertilizer exports.

The trade group -- which counts ConAgra Foods Inc., CF Industries Holdings Inc. and Terra Industries Inc. among its members -- spent about $360,000 in the first six months of 2007 to lobby on similar matters.

Lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches, under a federal law enacted in 1995.