TFI: Fertilizer could come offline as soon as next week but access remains intact
The Fertilizer Institute says American farmers will get fertilizer this spring despite the potential for a rail strike.
Justin Louchheim, senior director of government affairs, tells Brownfield railroads will begin pulling off inputs five days ahead of the deadline due to safety reasons. “That means railroads will stop picking up shipments of ammonia as of this coming Monday.”
Labor unions and the industry have until November 19th to reach an agreement or extend a “status quo” period.
He says other modes of transportation like barges and trucking could deliver shipments, but it might take an extra week. “What we don’t need on the global scale is to have any kind of curtailment or slowdowns of domestic fertilizer production. I think U.S. farmers will be ok, but any curtailment to production that can hurt American farmers, but that will hurt our world food supply and farmers across the world.”
Earlier this week, TFI sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging lawmakers to intervene and avert a rail strike.
Justin Louchheim, senior director of government affairs with TFI: