Agrium Inc. is a major producer and supplier of agricultural services and products in South and North America, specializing in specialty fertilizers and agricultural nutrients.
The company was established in 1931 and named Cominco Fertilizers. In 1954, Sherritt Gordon Fertilizers entered the business with fertilizers and in 1983, the plant in Fort Saskatchewan opened doors. Cominco Fertilizers began to trade shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange as a separate company in 1993 and acquired Crop Production Services on the next year. Cominco Fertilizers changed its name to Agrium Inc in 1995.
Under the brand names Agroservicios Pampeanos S.A., Crop Production Services, and Western Farm Service, the company operates agricultural locations in the United States and South America. The wholesale business of the company provides phosphate-based fertilizers, sulphur, and nitrogen-based fertilizers. To this, the company operates the production facility and potash mine at Vanscoy No. 345, as well as phosphate mining sites in Conda, Idaho and Kapuskasing, Ontario.
Agrium Advanced Technologies is another sector of the company’s activities, focusing on controlled release eco-friendly fertilizer technologies. Agricultural technologies aim to provide returns to growers by optimizing nutrient efficiency, protecting water and the air, and reducing nitrogen loss. Turf and ornamental technologies are intended to offer performance, economic, and environmental advantages through the use of plant protection products, micronutrient products, and controlled release fertilizers.
The company specializes in products for the agricultural, horticulture, turf, professional, and consumer markets, as well as in micronutrients. Agrium also supplies specialty products intended for the agricultural sector. Products are marketed through a distribution network in the United States and Canada. The company takes pride in distributing plant and seed protection products and high-performance sound fertilizers for ornamental growers and turf managers.
The company was recognized by Mediacorp Canada Inc. as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2009 and as one of Alberta's Top Employers. The main competitors of Agrium Inc are Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A., Koch Industries, Inc., and CF Industries Holdings, Inc. Agrium is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and NYSE under the symbol AGU.
Also known as PotashCorp, The Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan is a Canadian-based company specializing in the production of potash, phosphate and nitrogen. Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, PotashCorp is the worlds leading manufacturer of potash, (a leading ingredient in many commercial fertilizers) as well as animal feed.
The Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan was originally founded in 1975 by the Saskatchewan government and was eventually sold to investors in full by 1990. Through careful management and focusing on diversification and sustainability, PotashCorp has quickly become the supplier of choice to thousands of the worlds top food-growing businesses and has built strong relationships with key figureheads in some of the worlds most important industries. It has also strived and succeeded in maintaining positive relations with the communities in which it operates and has provided jobs for thousands of people all across the globe.
As one of the most important businesses in the growing struggle of providing food for an ever-growing world population, The Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan has directed focus away from short-term profitability to maintaining their long-term commitment and visions, an unpopular theory with many large corporations, especially in today’s tough economical times. PotashCorp. understands that with its growth comes a great responsibility. Over 40% of the worlds food supplies relies on fertilizer, and being one of the largest fertilizer suppliers in the world, PotashCorp’s main focus is on sustainability and safety. Innovative product design, matched with an attention to community development and enrichment has allowed it to gain the respect and cooperation of the many industry leaders and communities in which it operates.
PotashCorp is poised to maintain its lead in the fertilizer and animal feed industries for many years to come and continually focuses on growth by innovation. Every year PotashCorp offers several generous corporate grants to fertilizer and feed developers to discover newer, more efficient ways at developing the products that not only make them profitable, but also allow them to quite literally, feed the world.