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How Healthier Food Boosts Margins for Ag Companies and Investors: AltaCorp’s John Chu

The Energy Report: How have the collapses in the prices of oil and natural gas affected the fertilizer sector? John Chu: Natural gas is an important feedstock for nitrogen-based fertilizers—up to 50% of the production cost. This means higher margins. Fuel and lubrication-related costs account for 10–12% of farmers’ operating expenses. Lower fuel prices result …

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