Fertilizer Essential to Competitiveness of Canadian Agriculture

    OTTAWA, May 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI)
appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and
Agri-Food, yesterday, May 7, to discuss the fertilizer industry's importance
to the competitiveness of the Canadian agriculture industry.
    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
    - 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. Our mission is to be the unified voice of the
Canadian fertilizer industry by promoting the responsible, sustainable and
safe production, distribution and use of fertilizers. Our industry employs
12,000 Canadians and contributes $7 billion annually to Canada's economy. Our
products contribute to the supply of safe, nutritious food in Canada and
around the world.

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For further information: Media: Catherine King, (613) 786-3026,

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