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TERRA NITROGEN COMPANY L.P (TNH)
Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of fertilizer products. It produces and distributes nitrogen fertilizer products, including ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate solution. The company produces anhydrous ammonia, which is the simplest form of nitrogen fertilizer and the feedstock for the production of other nitrogen fertilizers. It also produces UAN by combining urea solution and ammonium nitrate solution. The company sells its products primarily in the Central and Southern Plains and Corn Belt regions of the United States. Its customers include dealers, national farm retail chains, distributors, and other fertilizer producers and traders. The company is based in Sioux City, Iowa.
CF INDUSTRIES HOLDINGS INC (CF)
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. engages in the manufacture and distribution of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products in North America. The company operates in two segments, Nitrogen Fertilizer and Phosphate Fertilizer. The Nitrogen Fertilizer segment offers ammonia, urea, urea ammonium nitrate solutions, and various nitrogen fertilizers. The Phosphate Fertilizer segment offers diammonium phosphate and monoammonium phosphate used in agricultural fertilizer applications. The company's customers include cooperatives and independent fertilizer distributors located in the grain-producing states of the Midwestern United States. CF Industries Holdings was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.
TERRA INDUSTRIES INC (TRA)
Terra Industries, Inc. (Terra) engages in the production and marketing of nitrogen products and methanol for agricultural and industrial end use markets in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company's Nitrogen segment offers anhydrous ammonia, urea ammonium nitrate solutions, and ammonium nitrate for agricultural end users. Terra's Methanol segment produces methanol primarily from natural gas that is used as a feedstock in the production of formaldehyde, acetic acid, MTBE, and a variety of other chemical intermediates. Formaldehyde is used to produce urea-formaldehyde and phenol-formaldehyde resins, which are used as wood adhesives for plywood, particleboard, oriented strand board, medium-density fiberboard, and other engineered wood products. In addition, formaldehyde is used in the manufacture of elastomers, paints, foams, polyurethane, and automotive products. Acetic acid is used as a chemical intermediate to produce adhesives, paper, paints, plastics, resins, solvents, and textiles. MTBE, an oxygenate and octane enhancer, is used to reduce hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions from motor vehicles. Chemical intermediates are used to manufacture de-icer and windshield fluid, antifreeze, herbicides, pesticides, and poultry feed products. The company offers its products primarily to independent dealers, retail chains, cooperatives, and industrial customers. It also provides services to reduce nitrogen oxides and other emissions from various sources, including power plants and in other environmental processes, such as water treatment. The company was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Mosaic Company engages in the production, blending, and distribution of crop nutrient and animal feed products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Phosphates, Potash, Offshore, and Nitrogen. The Phosphate segment owns and operates mines and concentrates plants in Florida that produce phosphate fertilizer and feed phosphate, and concentrates plants in Louisiana that produce phosphate fertilizer. The Potash segment mines, processes, and distributes potash in Canada and the United States. The potash products are marketed to crop nutrient manufacturers, distributors, and retailers; and to customers for industrial use. These products are used in the manufacture of mixed crop nutrients and in animal feed ingredients, as well as for icemelter and water softener regenerant. The Offshore segment includes fertilizer blending and bagging facilities, port terminals, and warehouses in various countries. In addition, the company has a one-third ownership in Fertifos S.A, which operates phosphate and nitrogen processing plants in Brazil; and 35% equity ownership in a diammonium phosphate granulation plant in Yunnan Province in China. The Nitrogen segment owns 50% ownership interest in Saskferco, Inc., which produces anhydrous ammonia, granular urea, feed grade urea, and urea ammonium nitrate solution for shipment to nitrogen fertilizer customers. This segment also distributes nitrogen products, which are marketed for Saskferco, as well as purchased from other unrelated third parties. The company is based in Plymouth, Minnesota.
Monsanto Company provides agricultural products to farmers worldwide. The company produces seeds and develops biotechnology traits that assist farmers in controlling insects and weeds. It provides other seed companies with genetic material and biotechnology traits for their seed brands. These products include canola seed, corn and soybean seed, vegetable and fruit seed, cotton seed, sunflower seed, and sorghum seed. In addition, Monsanto manufactures lawn-and-garden herbicide products for the residential market and animal agricultural products. Further, the company licenses a package of its germplasm and trait technologies to seed companies. It offers its products directly, as well as through distributors, independent retailers and dealers, agricultural cooperatives, and agents. The company was incorporated as Monsanto Ag Company in February 2000 and changed its name to Monsanto Company in March 2000. Monsanto is based in St. Louis, Missouri.
Agrium, Inc. engages in the production, marketing, and distribution of agricultural products and services, and nutrients for agricultural and industrial markets in North America and Argentina. It offers a range of liquid and dry fertilizer products, including nitrogen, phosphate, potash, and minor elements; and crop protection chemicals, such as herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides, as well as provides seeds that include corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, and alfalfa. In addition, the company offers various services, such as product application, soil testing, tissue testing, crop input recommendations, and follow-up yield analysis. It provides its products through wholesalers and retailers, primarily to agricultural and industrial customers in North America, northeast Asia, and Mexico. The company was founded as Cominco Fertilizers, Ltd. in 1931 and changed its name to Agrium, Inc. in 1995. Agrium is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
KMG Chemicals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of specialty chemicals in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Pentachlorophenol Products, Creosote, Animal Health Products, and Agricultural Products. The Pentachlorophenol Products segment produces and sells pentachlorophenol blocks, flakes, solutions, sodium pentachlorophenate, and a pentachlorophenol byproduct. Pentachlorophenol is used primarily to treat electric and telephone utility poles, protecting them from mold, mildew, fungus, and insects. The Creosote segment sells creosote products as a wood preservative for railroad crossties, bridge timbers, and utility poles. The Animal Health Products segment offers oral larvicides, insecticidal powders, and liquid sprays containing the active ingredient tetrachlorvinphos. These pesticide products are used by domestic livestock and poultry growers to protect animals from flies and other pests. The Agricultural Products segment sells products containing monosodium and disodium methanearsonic acids. These herbicides are sold to protect cotton crops, primarily in the United States' southern cotton-growing states, as well as to state agencies to control highway weed growth. The company was incorporated in 1992. It was formerly known as KMG-B, Inc. and changed its name to KMG Chemicals, Inc. in 1997. KMG Chemicals is based in Houston, Texas.
Syngenta AG engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of a range of products designed for crop yield and food quality. It operates in three segments: Crop Protection, Seeds, and Plant Science. The Crop Protection segment offers herbicides for corn, cereals, and rice; fungicides for cereals, fruits, grapes, rice, and vegetables; insecticides for fruits, vegetables, and cotton; and professional products, such as seed treatments, products for public health, and products for turf and ornamentals. The Seeds segment develops, produces, and markets various seeds and plants, including corn, soybeans, oilseeds, and sugar beet; and horticultural crops, such as flowers and vegetables. The Plant Science segment manufactures and sells QUANTUM Phytase, a microbial produced animal feed supplement in Mexico and Brazil. The company serves seed treatment, turf and ornamentals, professional pest management, vector control, and public health markets. Syngenta operates in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, China, and India. It sells its products through independent distributors and dealers. Syngenta has research collaboration with Hubei Biopesticide Engineering Research Center of the Hubei Academy of Agricultural Sciences to discover natural chemicals that could be used as starting points for the development of crop protection agents; and a strategic alliance with COMPO to develop and market a range of plant protection and pest control products for the consumer lawn and garden market in Europe, excluding Switzerland. Syngenta is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.
UAP Holding Corp. operates as a distributor of agricultural and noncrop inputs in the United States and Canada. It markets a line of products, including chemicals, seeds, and fertilizers to growers and regional dealers. The company distributes a range of chemicals, including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, adjuvants, and surfactants; and fertilizer products, including nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, as well as distributes various micronutrients, such as iron, boron, and calcium. UAP Holding also distributes agricultural chemicals, seeds, and fertilizers to various nonagricultural markets, such as turf and ornamental, including golf courses, resorts, nurseries, and greenhouses;, pest control operators; forestry; and vegetation management. The company also provides various services, which include crop management, biotechnology advisory services, custom blending, inventory management, and custom applications of crop inputs. Its customers include commercial growers and regional dealers, as well as consumers in noncrop markets. As of August 28, 2005, the company had a network of approximately 330 distribution and storage facilities and 3 formulation plants in the crop-producing areas of the United States and Canada. UAP Holding was formed in 1978 and is headquartered in Greeley, Colorado.
AMERICAN VANGUARD CORPORATION (AVD)
American Vanguard Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified specialty and agricultural products company. It develops and markets crop protection, turf and ornamental products, and public health insecticides. Its chemicals include insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides, growth regulators, and soil fumigants, which are marketed in liquid, powder, and granular forms. It also offers a line of snail and slug control products used in agriculture; and a deer and rabbit repellant; streptomycin antibiotics used primarily to control Fire Blight; horticultural oil insecticides for aphids, mites, and scale. The company sells its products to the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and nutritional markets in the United States and internationally. American Vanguard Corp. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.
E.I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY (DD)
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) operates as a science and technology company. It engages in a range of fields, including biotechnology, electronics, materials science, safety and security, and synthetic fibers. The company operates in seven segments: Agriculture and Nutrition, Coatings and Color Technologies, Electronic and Communication Technologies, Performance Materials, Safety and Protection, Pharmaceuticals, and Textiles and Interiors. The Agriculture and Nutrition segment offers hybrid seed corn and soybean seed, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, value enhanced grains, and soy protein. The Coatings and Color Technologies segment provides automotive finishes, industrial coatings, and white pigments. The Electronic and Communication Technologies segment offers fluorochemicals, fluoropolymers, photopolymers, and electronic materials. The Performance Materials segment provides engineering polymers, packaging and industrial polymers, films, and elastomers. The Safety and Protection segment provides specialty and industrial chemicals, nonwovens, aramids, and solid surfaces. The Pharmaceuticals segment includes the company's interest in two antihypertensive drugs, the Cozaar and Hyzaar. The Textiles and Interiors segment offers flooring systems, industrial fibers, polyester fibers, branded and unbranded elastane, textiles, and intermediates. The company serves various markets, including transportation, safety and protection, construction, motor vehicle, agricultural, home furnishings, medical, packaging, electronics, and nutrition and health. DuPont was founded in 1802 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Scotts Company and its subsidiaries engage in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of consumer branded products for lawn and garden care, and professional horticulture in the United States and Europe. It sells a line of granular lawn fertilizer and combination products, which include fertilizer and crabgrass control, weed control or pest control; plant foods; plant disease control products; growing media products, including potting mix, garden soils, topsoil, manures, sphagnum peat, and decorative barks and mulches for indoor and outdoor uses; herbicide products; and lawn spreaders, hose-end applicators for water-soluble plant foods and certain insect control products, pottery products, and consumer grass seed products in North America. The company also sells consumer lawn and garden products in approximately 25 countries outside of North America; and a line of professional products in Europe, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. In addition, its Scotts LawnService segment provides residential lawn care, lawn aeration, tree and shrub care, and external pest control services. These services consist primarily of fertilizer, weed control, pest control and disease control applications. As of September 30, 2004, this segment had 68 company-operated locations, serving 49 metropolitan markets and 74 independent franchises primarily operating in secondary markets. The company's customers include home improvement centers; mass merchandisers; warehouse clubs; large hardware chains; independent hardware stores; nurseries; garden centers; food and drug stores; and distributors, who serve commercial nurseries and greenhouses, specialty crop growers, and small retail accounts. The Scotts Company was founded by O.M. Scott in 1868 and is headquartered in Marysville, Ohio.