USDA awards Ostara grant to increase fertilizer production

March 14, 2023

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Ostara USD$7.6M as part of a grant program to increase U.S. based, innovative, sustainable and farmer-focused fertilizer production.

According to the company, Ostara’s phosphate fertilizer, Crystal Green (5-28-0 with 10%Mg), aligns with the goals of the USDA grant program.

“Crystal Green checks every box of the USDA program’s criteria and is the only granular phosphate fertilizer available on the market to deliver superior agronomic performance while protecting the environment,” said Ron Restum, chief commercial officer of Ostara. “The unique organic acid solubility of Crystal Green keeps nutrients where they are needed and available for maximized crop performance without nutrient loss due to soil tie-up, runoff and leaching. Expanding production will be very welcomed by the ag community.”

Funding from the USDA grant program will support Ostara’s construction of a new fertilizer production facility in St. Louis. The new facility has the capacity to produce over 200,000 tons of Crystal Green fertilizer. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2023, in time for growers to apply Crystal Green this fall.

“Access to multiple channels of distribution in the form of barge, rail and interstate as well as world-class manufacturing talent, in the heart of some of the most productive agricultural land, makes St. Louis an ideal location for Ostara’s next phase as we significantly increase production to meet grower demand,” said Kerry Cebul, chief executive officer of Ostara.

Crystal Green is available through retailers throughout North America.

Related: Ostara secures USD$70 million to scale production of Crystal Green

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