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Source: The Fertilizer Institute news release

Washington, D.C. - The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President & CEO Corey Rosenbusch today applauds the President and Congress for extending the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for three years.

"A long-term extension of the CFATS program is what the fertilizer industry supported and wanted to see. This provides industry the ability to properly plan and invest in measures that promote security at facilities.

"The secure and safe handling of fertilizers is the highest priority for The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and our members. We are proud of our industry's security and safety record. Numbers speak for themselves and the fertilizer industry is twice as safe as our chemical industry peers. We actively participate in and sponsor numerous safety initiatives such as ResponsibleAg and TRANSCAER.

"We are particularly proud of the voluntary, industry-driven ResponsibleAg program. ResponsibleAg exists to enhance compliance by agricultural retailers with a variety of federal regulations, including those administered by the Department of Homeland Security. Since its creation over five years ago, over 3,400 audits have been completed and over 1,300 facilities have been certified by the ResponsibleAg program.

"Fertilizers are necessary to feed the crops that feed the world. Half of all food grown around the world today is made possible through the use of fertilizer. We are committed to ensuring that the world has the food, fuel and fiber it needs, and that fertilizer industry facilities are appropriately secure."

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