Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Berry Introduces Bills to Ease Fertilizer Prices

I introduced two pieces of legislation today to suspend the import duties on urea and ammonium nitrate fertilizers and lower the price of fertilizer for America's farmers. Experts estimate fertilizer prices could drop by as much as 50% if the International Trade Commission removed existing tariffs and allowed other countries to export urea and ammonium nitrate fertilizers to the United States.

The demand for fertilizer here in the United States far exceeds what we are able to supply through domestic production. Instead of penalizing America's farmers, it is time to open our market to other countries capable of producing fertilizer at a much lower price. This will not only provide financial relief for farmers all across rural America, put protect the long-term viability of our domestic food supply.

Click here to read the full press release.