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September 23, 2022

Florida Phosphate – Who needs it anyway?

What is phosphate - and who needs it? The answer? Everyone. Phosphate is an essential part of everyday life. It is highly sought after by farmers around the world and the majority of our nation’s phosphate products are made right here in Florida. There are currently 27 phosphate operation sites in Florida, yet only nine of them are currently active.
July 22, 2022

The History of Phosphate in Florida

The phosphate industry has been an integral part of the evolution of Florida’s economy and way of life since deposits were first discovered in 1881. Before we knew how to mine phosphate, communities around the Peace River Valley like Polk, Hillsborough, Hardee, Manatee, and DeSoto County were vast plains home to only a few farms, cattle ranches and orange groves. Reliant on bone meal for fertilizer, farmers weren’t able to maximize the land’s agricultural potential. That was until engineer Captain J. Francis LeBaron discovered phosphate in Alachua county while surveying the Peace River in 1881. In the blink of an eye, Florida residents raced to get their hands on a piece of this land as they watched the Peace river transform from an isolated wilderness to Florida’s essential ingredient.
June 9, 2022

Gypstacks: What You Need To Know

Gypstacks: What You Need To Know Learn more about phosphogypsum stacks in Florida June 8, 2022 For the farmers who produce America’s food, phosphate is essential. […]
May 25, 2022

What if we recycled it?

Florida Polytechnic University Scientists Receive Grant Funding to Study Rare Earth Elements in Phosphogypsum   Gypstacks could be a new source to power critical technologies   […]
March 11, 2022

Water: We’re doing more — To Use Less

Florida’s Phosphate Producers are Using Less Water and Conserving More   March 11, 2022   Water: We’re doing more — To Use Less Water — it’s […]