Why is Fertilizer Important?
Nitrogen-based fertilizers are an essential element and a much needed source of nutrients for growing food crops. Ammonia (anhydrous) fertilizer has the highest nitrogen content of any commercial fertilizer. It can be directly applied to soil as a plant nutrient or converted into a variety of common nitrogen fertilizers.
Fertilizers are essential to meet the demands of our growing population. With the application of modern nitrogen-based fertilizers, the number of people that can be supported per acre of arable land more than doubles.
Ammonia as a Fertilizer?
Nitrogen-based fertilizers are an essential element and a much needed source of nutrients for growing food crops. Pure ammonia fertilizer has the highest nitrogen content of any commercial fertilizer. Although almost 80 percent of Earth’s atmosphere is comprised of nitrogen, it is chemically and biologically unusable in this form. Through a method called the Haber-Bosch process, which was developed in and has been used since the 1940’s, nitrogen is captured from the air and converted with natural gas into a form that can be used by food crops.
What is Ammonia?
Most of the naturally occurring ammonia in the environment comes from the breakdown of manure, dead plants and animals. Man-made sources of ammonia include fertilizer. It is also a common household item, often used for cleaning.
Focus on Safe and Secure Operations
To ensure safe and secure operations at all times, PCF’s state-of-the-art fertilizer manufacturing, storage and distribution facility will adhere to industry leading operating standards, including:
- Adhering to stringent safety standards that meet or exceed compliance with all federal, state and local regulations for the fertilizer industry;
- Conducting continuous training in safe operating practices;
- Proactively identifying potential safety issues to prevent injury or environmental release;
- Conducting regular safety drills with employees and first responders in the community; and
- Work closely with the local community in setting and practicing procedures for handling emergency situations should they occur.
Employees are our first and most important resource. Company personnel and contract employees will undergo extensive safety and process operations training on a routine basis, including training in hazardous materials (HAZMAT) emergency response. Many such drills will include first responders from the local community.