Landus Builds New Fertilizer Facility To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Published online: Oct 11, 2023 Articles
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Landus has begun construction on a new facility in Boone County, Iowa.

The facility will be used for fertilizer manufacturing and repackaging. With the new addition, the company will produce a foliar, slow-release nitrogen (SRN) product to decrease in-ground nitrogen application rates and increase overall environmental and financial efficiency of farms. 

The expansion of this facility will allow Landus to provide direct ship distribution options for farmers and suppliers across the Midwest, while taking advantage of their unique position as the only Iowa agribusiness with access to all seven railroads. 

Facility Stats

  • 66,000 sq. ft. facility on 25.8 acres at 1095 T. Ave., Boone, Iowa (adjacent to the current Landus 33-acre grain facility)
  • Capacity to produce over 100,000 gallons of foliar SRN in the first operational year and 250,000 gallons in the years to follow
  • Creates three new full-time production positions while supporting 75 current employees

“At Landus, we keep the farmer at the center of everything we do, and this new facility in Boone delivers the sustainability, advanced logistics, and economic efficiencies that the farmer of tomorrow, and our downstream customers, are rightfully demanding,” said Matt Carstens, Landus president and CEO. “Our goal is to enhance the precision of input products by reducing the overall amount of nitrogen applied while also lowering the carbon footprint required to produce, store, and ship this critical product. As rural champions, Landus is committed to helping provide a sustainable future for generations of agriculture while leveraging sustainable efforts for higher return on crops.” 

While the project is projected to cost nearly $16 million, it is offset by a $5 million grant from the USDA Fertilizer Production Expansion Program.