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Global fertilizer crisis spurs shift to sustainable farming solutions, humates getting more attention from American farmers

As the world grapples with the looming threat of a food shortage, fertilizer prices remain high, reflecting the strain on the global agricultural industry. Factors such as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, surging energy costs, and stringent trade policies have severely impacted the fertilizer market.

According to a recent report from the World Bank, there has been a staggering 66% surge in fertilizer prices since 2021. Although there has been a slight dip, experts predict that prices will remain high throughout 2023.

The Push for Regenerative Agriculture

This crisis underscores the urgent need to pivot towards regenerative agricultural practices. Traditional farming methods, which have long exploited the earth’s resources without foresight, are now under scrutiny. The key to a sustainable future lies in prioritizing soil health.

In response, many producers are now investing in eco-friendly solutions that not only enhance soil organic matter but also boost nutrient absorption, water retention in crops, and overall crop resilience.

Live Earth Products: Leading the Sustainable Charge

One such company leading the charge is Live Earth Products. With a rich history spanning decades, this Utah-based family-run enterprise specializes in mining and producing agricultural products infused with humic and fulvic acid. Their commitment to sustainable farming has garnered significant attention, resulting in record growth in recent years.

Russell Taylor, Vice President of Live Earth Products, commented on the current situation, stating, “The fertilizer supply crunch and its soaring prices are compelling growers to explore avenues for optimizing nutrient utilization. Humic acid products have emerged as a preferred choice for many as they not only enhance soil health but also ensure efficient nutrient use.

“In these challenging times, it’s imperative to adopt a more conservative approach to resource consumption. Every nutrient counts, and its judicious use is the foundation for a sustainable agricultural future.”

Innovative Solutions for a Greener Tomorrow

Live Earth Products stands out as a beacon of hope in these trying times. Their range of products, including humic and fulvic acid-based solutions, are designed to bolster soil health, thereby reducing the agriculture sector’s reliance on fertilizers and water. With supply chain disruptions becoming the norm, such nutrient-rich products are crucial for ensuring crop survival and quality.

Taylor further added, “Our offerings are meticulously crafted to offer maximum returns by minimizing nutrient wastage. A 2021 study by the University of Tennessee highlighted the efficacy of our Liquid 6 product, which boosted corn yields by 16 bushels per acre compared to just using a nitrogen stabilizer. By integrating Liquid 6 with a nitrogen stabilizer and reducing the urea rate, farmers witnessed a $75 increase in returns per acre without compromising on yield.

“We are proud to present solutions that are not only cost-effective but also easily accessible. Our vertical integration model ensures swift product delivery both nationally and internationally.”

Looking Ahead: The Future of Agriculture

As 2023 unfolds, the challenges posed by fluctuating fertilizer prices and supply chain disruptions are anticipated to persist.

The silver lining, however, is the industry’s collective shift towards sustainable practices centered on soil health.

Product Spotlight

Live Earth Products offers a diverse range of agricultural inputs, including:

Live Earth Humate Soil Conditioner: An organic solution ideal for turf, ornamentals, and crops, aimed at enhancing soil’s organic matter.
LM-32 AG: A cold water-extracted fulvic acid containing natural organic acids, perfect for producers seeking NOP-compliant fulvic acid 
Liquid 6: A liquid humic acid suitable for turf, ornamentals, and crops, known for its high humic acid content and compatibility with most liquid fertilizers.

With companies like Live Earth Products at the forefront, the future of agriculture seems to be steering towards a more sustainable and resilient path.

Source: Live Earth Products

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