More Fertilizer Could Come from China, Says Chief Ag Negotiator Nominee Doug McKalip


Source: NAFB

via Hoosier Ag Today - Jul 31, 2022


President Biden’s pick to be the next Chief Ag Negotiator says, if confirmed, he’ll engage with China to step up its production of fertilizer ingredients as farm input costs here soar.


Doug McKalip says farm input inflation will be a top priority of his if confirmed.


“These are times of tremendous opportunity in international trade. But if the bills that farmers have to pay for their inputs negate those gains, we will have missed an opportunity.”


Aside from Russia, McKalip says China is another big producer of fertilizer ingredients.


“China, for example, has shut down exports of urea and other nitrate-based materials that are used in the manufacturing of fertilizer. So, if confirmed, I would want to work, directly engage, with my Chinese counterparts to see how we could open up the flow of key inputs and minerals.”


Texas A&M’s Ag and Food Policy Center reported early in the year that record fertilizer prices could increase another 80 percent this year...