Florida's Essential Ingredient
Phosphate is an essential nutrient and part of everyday life. Phosphate helps America’s farmers grow more crops on fewer acres, keeps our bodies strong, and even helps clean our teeth. In order to use phosphate, we’ve got to make it. Florida is home to abundant phosphate deposits, and the state’s phosphate industry is making responsible and sustainable phosphate by using the latest technology and environmental preservation techniques.
Supporting a Sustainable Economy
A legacy industry in our state, Florida’s phosphate industry has been around for more than a century. While the phosphate remains essential, modern technology has made today’s manufacturing operations safer and more responsible, guided by the highest standards for environmental stewardship.
Benefiting the Economy and our Communities
Florida’s phosphate industry is a major economic driver and supports nearly 8,400 direct jobs. Additionally, each of these jobs typically creates six more indirect jobs, supporting real people and their families. All told, the industry accounts for an estimated $5.03 billion in annual economic output.
Responsibly Reclaiming the Land
Florida provides nutrients essential to growing crops around the country. When usable phosphate on a property is exhausted, we reclaim every acre and ensure that the land has a beneficial next life. Reclaimed lands can become public parks, farms, prairies, golf courses, or be conserved permanently.
Helping America Grow
Simply put, Florida’s phosphate helps farmers feed America. It is the essential ingredient in fertilizers that help farmers grow more crops on fewer acres. American farmers rely on a steady domestic supply of phosphates to guarantee American food security and support the agricultural economy.
Florida’s Phosphate Industry is a Global Leader
The United States is just one of many countries with phosphate reserves and Florida has the country’s largest, which have been made here for more than one hundred years. Considered a commodity, the price of phosphates are set by global markets based on supply and demand. In order for Florida’s phosphate industry to remain competitive, keeping costs low is essential. Lower costs for farmers means food that is more affordable for American families.
Phosphate Innovation Initiative
Good for the Environment, Good for the Economy
The Florida Phosphate Council has launched the Phosphate Innovation Initiative, aimed at building support for the sustainable and beneficial use of phosphogypsum (PG), with the ambitious goal of a “zero waste” future. The initiative will present science-based educational information about PG and the current use of gypstacks to better inform stakeholders and the public about the recent innovations in the phosphate manufacturing industry.