The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading maker of phosphate and potash crop nutrients, two essential ingredients we produce to help the world grow the food it needs. Since forming in 2004, we have worked hard to demonstrate our commitment to being a good neighbor and partner, placing safety and environmental stewardship at the top of our priorities and challenging our people to be the best they can be, both on and off the job.
In March 2014 Mosaic welcomed CF Industries’ phosphate employees and assets to the Mosaic team, a strategic step aimed at strengthening phosphate operations in Florida. The acquisition included phosphate mining operations and a beneficiation plant in Hardee County, a phosphate manufacturing facility in Plant City, and an ammonia terminal and finished product warehouse operation in Tampa.
Mosaic is committed to helping Hardee County grow. Every day, our company and employees make meaningful contributions of time, knowledge and resources to local organizations focused on building stronger communities.
From the relationships we’ve built through our sponsorship of staple events like Friday Night Live and the Fall Back to Nature at Pioneer Park, to the hundreds of hours our employees volunteer by participating in Relay for Life and the annual Hardee County Christmas parade and fairs – everyday, our people make a positive, significant impact in the communities where we live and operate.
Strengthening the Local Community
Who we are is about so much more than what we produce.
At Mosaic, we believe that nurturing relationships is just as important as nourishing crops. And, it’s this commitment to being a good neighbor that motivates our employees to give their time and energy in support of countless activities throughout Hardee County.
Investing in the communities where we operate is one of Mosaic’s core values. Through programs, activities and sponsorships that focus on food and agriculture, the environment and education, Mosaic makes a difference in Hardee County by providing support to:
- The Hardee County Chamber of Commerce
- Community Partner
- Leadership Class
- Annual Dinner
- Annual Golf Tournament
- Main Street Wauchula
- The Hardee County Fair (Sponsor and Exhibitor)
- The Hospital Foundation
- Hardee Help Center
- 4-H Foundation
- Education Foundation and Science Fair
- Habitat for Humanity
- Athletic Foundation
- Project Graduation
- Youth Sports
In May 2012, The Mosaic Company Foundation launched a sustainable community giving program through a new online grant system. To learn more about this program and our community partners in Florida, please download our fact sheet by clicking here.
Improving the Local Economy
As a leader in our industry, Mosaic employs thousands of Floridians. Tens of thousands more jobs are supported by our operations. But our economic impact goes far beyond supplying jobs. Mosaic also provides important tax revenue to local cities, counties and schools.
To help strengthen and diversify Hardee County’s local economy, Mosaic entered into an economic development agreement to provide $42 million to the county over a 10-year period while mining takes place at Mosaic’s South Fort Meade Hardee County Extension. The agreement encourages the development of infrastructure projects, alternative water supply solutions and energy research, tourism/visitor development and other catalyst projects.
Mosaic’s interest in Central Florida extends beyond the life of our mining operations, as illustrated by the company’s recent investment in the construction of the Streamsong resort and conference center. Located on formerly mined land near the Polk / Hardee border, the facility offers a one of a kind destination in Florida that embraces the natural character of the land. Hailed by golf and outdoor recreation publications as a premier destination, the resort and conference center will directly employ more than 200 Central Floridians and create economic opportunities for the surrounding communities in Hardee and Polk Counties.
Continuing to Operate Responsibly
Since 1975, the phosphate industry has been required, by law, to reclaim every acre of land we mine. At Mosaic, we understand the delicate balance that exists between feeding the world’s population and minimizing environmental impacts from our operations.
Our reclamation teams work tirelessly to ensure that once their work is complete, the land successfully returns to productive use. In fact, the Hardee Lakes Park is an excellent example of how reclaimed land can be put to good use for an entire community.
Mosaic employs a science-based approach to mine reclamation so that reclaimed habitat and wetlands not only look beautiful, but function together, creating watersheds and connected wildlife corridors. Our goal is to achieve continuous improvement in our reclamation practices by using the best available technology and pioneering new approaches to reclamation. As a result of stronger regulatory requirements and voluntary improvements in our practices, today’s phosphate industry is reclaiming land to higher standards than ever before, and we take pride in getting better at it every day.