EVART, Mich., June 12, 2019 — Michigan Potash and Salt Company (“MPSC”) — The United States government has released a...
Protecting a Critical Mineral for Future Generations
People. Providing. Strengthening. Securing.
“It’s our responsibility to develop this wisely and in a way that moves Michigan forward. Potash is needed for food security, and is a natural potassium fertilizer.”
Ted Pagano, Founder of Michigan Potash & Salt Company
We are Family Owned
While being a new facility, the new plant represents a “re-start” of an existing operation. The MPSC Team inherits the benefit of previous, established experience and lessons learned from producing at the site, and selling from the site for over 25 years. MPSC’s senior team were a part of the building, commissioning, operations, and management of the former facility.
The Founder and owner is Native American. He attended University on behalf of a merit scholarship from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to study Natural Resources.
Good For Farmers…
Good For The Community,
Good For the Earth
Our farmers relay on potash to grow our food and they pay more for it then anybody else in the world.
Delivering infrastructure, jobs, self reliance, and new GDP, by providing to our country’s farmers.
Potash added to Critical Minerals List
“The work of the USGS is at the heart of our nation’s mission to reduce our vulnerability to disruptions in the supply of critical minerals. Any shortage of these resources constitutes a strategic vulnerability for the security and prosperity of the United States.”
Dr. Tim Petty, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science
How Michigan Potash & Salt Company will help
Michigan could be the nation’s leading source for a critical agricultural resource that is also in demand internationally. Potash is an essential plant nutrient and critical ingredient in fertilizer for the economy’s agricultural industry. Currently supplies are running out and there is no known substitute for potash. The U.S. is 96% import reliant, as potash is only found in a few places in the world. The World’s highest grade potash ore resides in the United States corn belt.
MPSC estimates an initial demand for more than 300 workers employed in an enterprise that will produce more than a million tons of potash annually. It’s our responsibility to develop this wisely and in a way that moves Michigan forward. Bringing Michigan potash to market will provide a domestic source of the element at reduced cost to Midwest farmers as well as to the national agriculture industry. It will reduce imports, improve the nation’s trade balance, create jobs and increase the state’s tax base.
A valuable resource
Potash is the world’s most tightly controlled commodity, that the U.S. is now 96% import reliant.
“One of the things that makes this so valuable is that it is an incredibly rich deposit that is in easy reach of the enormous demand from Midwest corn and soybean farmers.”
Dr. William B. Harrison, director of the Michigan Geological
Repository for Research and Education at WMU