The Mosaic Company is one of the world's leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. As a DU Diamond Legacy Sponsor, Mosaic and its foundation have contributed more than $2 million to support conservation, making a significant commitment to improve nutrient management on agricultural lands and reduce impacts on wetlands.
On the wintering grounds of Louisiana, Mosaic has supported DU's efforts to improve habitat on key public hunting areas such as Sherburne Wildlife Management Area near Baton Rouge. This work has enhanced the local environment and provided recreational opportunities for the community and Mosaic's employees.
At the opposite end of the flyway, Mosaic supports the Western Winter Wheat Initiative in Canada, which provides breeding waterfowl with adequate nesting cover and assists area farmers. Winter wheat is one of the highest-yielding and most profitable crops grown on the prairies, and its value as waterfowl habitat makes it one of the most conservation friendly. Mosaic's involvement with this initiative helps fulfill the vision it shares with DU for a sustainable agricultural landscape.
"We are fortunate to have such great industry support for winter wheat as a crop here on the Canadian Prairies," says Paul Thoroughgood, regional agrologist with Ducks Unlimited Canada. "Now that The Mosaic Company Foundation has joined the Western Winter Wheat Initiative, we are able to continue supporting the growth of winter wheat across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, and have professional agronomists available to help farmers improve their bottom line."
In the Mississippi Flyway, The Mosaic Company Foundation's most recent grant supports the USA Rice-DU Rice Stewardship Partnership's growing efforts to improve rice agricultural efficiencies and sustainability in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. "Mosaic's support will build strength in ongoing advocacy, policy, and on-the-ground conservation, and allow us to elevate nutrient-management practices and strategies," says Dr. Scott Manley, DU director of conservation innovation.
The Mosaic team truly understands that environmentally and financially sustainable agriculture must work hand in hand for the future of waterfowl, wildlife, and people.