currently control the ammonia market and have since 2003, when the
Koch Brothers bought farmer-owned Farmland Industries of Kansas City.
Since then, the Oligarchs have moved aggressively away from ammonia.
The Oligarchs now manufacture alternate high-margin, wasteful
fertilizers such as top-dressed or surface-applied Urea and 32-0-0.
The ammonia price is now almost 8 times higher than it was 25 years
ago, yet the material to manufacture ammonia costs the lowest in the
25-year history of natural gas.
As a result of this shift, most non-owners of Exactrix® equipment
have experienced an opportunity loss of $60-$150 per acre of net
income every year for the last 14 years. The Oligarchs continue to
move away from ammonia. Their bottom line does not help the farmer
bottom line or the environment. That’s where Exactrix® and Proton
Ventures step back in.
Partners in the development of Exactrix® equipment come from the era
of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) involvement in American
agriculture. Unlike the Oligarchs of Fertilizer, these partners are
highly educated—and skilled— regarding nutrient power.