Koch Fertilizer began in 1989 as Koch Nitrogen Company. Koch Fertilizer owns and operates four nitrogen fertilizer plants in the U.S. — Enid, Okla., Fort Dodge, Iowa, Dodge City, Kan., and Beatrice, Neb., — one plant in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, and more than 50 terminals. Koch Fertilizer has grown from a single ammonia production facility to a leading fertilizer producer, distributing more than 10 million metric tons of product annually.
Koch Agronomic Services (KAS) was formed in 2010 with the acquisition of the Nitamin and Nitamin NFusion slow-release nitrogen fertilizer brands from Georgia-Pacific Chemicals. In 2011, KAS acquired the AGROTAIN® nitrogen stabilizer products from AGROTAIN International, which started the path of KAS becoming a leader in crop nutrient enhancement solutions. Today, KAS delivers a portfolio of solutions that give growers better efficiency, improved yield potential, and the confidence they need to be successful.
An AWCA associate member since 2012, Koch Fertilizer and Koch Agronomic Services serve the entire state of Iowa, which also benefits ACWA’s statewide expansion. Koch Fertilizer has a plant in Ft. Dodge, along with seven terminal locations throughout the state. KAS works with local ag retailers to distribute crop nutrient enhancement solutions to Iowa growers, allowing them to make their nutrient inputs more efficient.
Koch Fertilizer’s employees believe manufacturing and a healthy environment aren’t mutually exclusive. Stewardship Excellence is a core focus area for each site as the company strives to be a preferred partner with customers, employees, and communities. They are proud to have four U.S. EPA and Natural Resources Canada Energy Star certified plants, including the plant in Ft. Dodge. Koch strives to provide growers with nutrient solutions to help make them and their inputs more efficient. The company is committed to supporting and educating growers in Iowa and globally on the importance of implementing stewardship practices in their operations.
Participation with ACWA allows KAS’s territory business managers to be better connected to the ideas as well as the hurdles their customers have when it comes to water quality and stewardship efforts. Being an ACWA associate member as a global organization also opened the door for KAS to contribute to the conversation and provide insight as they work in other regions with similar efforts.
Stewardship is at the root of KAS products, and employee involvement with ACWA has allowed the company to build relationships and have more meaningful conversations with customers. ACWA’s goals align with KAS’s continued support for educating and promoting innovative stewardship solutions for growers to implement within their operations.
Koch leaders believe the role of business in society is to provide products and services that help people improve their lives while using fewer resources and respecting the environment. As part of ACWA, Koch Fertilizer and KAS get insight into the challenges and opportunities regarding conservation, soil health and water quality in Iowa. With this knowledge, Koch employees can better support ag retail customers in their mission to help farmers reach optimal crop yield and profitability while implementing the best environmental practices to preserve and protect Iowa’s water and soil.