SALT LAKE CITY, Utah., Oct. 19, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director Michele Weaver, today announced a $1.261 million award under the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program to Aqua-Yield Operations Incorporated in Sandy, Utah.
"We are excited to support local production of new and innovative technologies that advance domestic fertilizer manufacturing and supports lower costs for farmers.” said Weaver. "This investment into Utah’s agricultural economic development reflects the commitment of the Biden-Harris Administration to build the economy from the bottom up and middle out.”
Aqua-Yield plans to purchase urgently needed equipment to begin a new technology production process, bringing the benefits of NanoliquidTM technology to dry granular fertilizer. The new technology works as a delivery system for crop inputs and is highly compatible with fertilizers, bio stimulants and pesticide products. The increased product performance results in higher yields and healthier crops.
The Fertilizer Production Expansion Program (FPEP) is funded by USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation and is part of a government-wide effort to spur domestic competition and combat an increase in fertilizer costs caused by the war in Ukraine.
In 2022, USDA made $500 million available under the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program, to increase innovative domestic fertilizer production, creating jobs in rural communities and providing more options to U.S. farmers. Due to strong demand for funding, in June of 2023, USDA increased the funding available for FPEP to up to $900 million.
The Department received requests for $3 billion in applications from more than 350 businesses for the first two rounds of the program. Including today’s announcement, since the program was announced roughly 18 months ago USDA has awarded 33 projects for a total of over $121 million invested. USDA expects to announce additional project selections in the coming months and is inviting public comments on four projects through November 15, 2023.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.