About Nutrien's phosphate product portfolio

Nutrien operates two large integrated phosphate mining and processing facilities and four regional upgrading plants in the US. As the second largest phosphate producer in North America, Nutrien sells approximately 3 million tonnes of fertilizer, feed and industrial phosphate products annually.

Nutrien is self-sufficient in phosphate rock, with access to high-quality, integrated phosphate rock reserves that allows for the production of a diverse and premium portfolio of phosphate products, including solid and liquid fertilizers, feed and industrial acids.  

Our phosphate operations mine at a combined rate of approximately 895 acres per year, and we reclaim land continuously as our mining operations progress. Our Aurora, North Carolina, phosphate operation has pioneered a land reclamation process that has earned state and national awards over the years. 

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What is phosphate and where does it come from?

Phosphorous (P) is present in every living cell, both plant and animal. Phosphate is crucial to key energy reactions in plants, including photosynthesis, speeding maturity and reproduction, and increasing yield. In animals, phosphate is a critical component in biochemical reactions essential to muscle contraction and normal body growth, maintenance and repair. 

Most of the world's phosphate is mined from underground deposits formed by marine sediment.

How is phosphate produced?

What is phosphate used for?



  • Required for energy storage and transfer
  • Speeds crop maturity


  • Assists in muscle repair and skeletal development of animals


  • Used in soft drinks, food additives and metal treatments

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