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Fertilizer Sanctions Split Farm Superpowers as Costs Surge

  • Brazil wants fertilizers to be kept free from Russia sanctions
  • ‘Maybe sacrifices are necessary,’ USDA’s Tom Vilsack says
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The world’s agricultural superpowers are divided over whether Russian fertilizers should be sanctioned as surging prices threaten to further stoke food inflation.

Brazil, the top exporter of everything from soybeans to coffee and sugar and the biggest importer of fertilizers, argues for keeping crop nutrients sanction free in the name of food security. The U.S., on the other hand, leans toward upping the ante against Russia.