Phosphate is a nutrient that’s vital to all living things and is found naturally in our food, our water and our bodies. Florida’s rich phosphate deposits are a vital link in the world’s food chain and a key ingredient in crop nutrients.
Florida Phosphate accounts for nearly 60 percent of U.S. farmers’ supply of granular phosphate crop nutrients, and 15 percent of the global supply.
According to Enterprise Florida, Inc., fertilizer is one of the state's leading export commodities with a 2013 value totaling $2.2 billion.
Florida's phosphate companies have paid more than $2 billion in state severance taxes cumulatively since 1971. Phosphate severance tax revenue is used to fund a variety of activities including land conservation and recreation areas, economic development in rural counties, reclamation of older unreclaimed phosphate lands, funding for phosphate research and maintaining shipping navigation systems for Ports.
We are committed to protecting Florida's precious ecosystem, and that's why we plant millions of trees, reclaim every acre we mine, and recycle and reuse 90 percent of the water across our facilities. We restore the land so it is good for wildlife and for future generations of Floridians.
We are also a major economic contributor in Florida, directly employing around 4,500 men and women. Many are from multigenerational phosphate families – people proud of the work they do and the place they call home.
Tens of thousands more jobs support Florida Phosphate in related fields such as manufacturing, maintenance, engineering, horticulture, environmental science and transportation.
For more than a century, it’s been our business and honor to provide farmers the fertilizer products they need to bring food to all of our tables.