World Ag Congress Climate Change Discussion

Cindy Zimmerman

No forum on world food security issues would be complete without a session on climate change and that was how the World Ag Congress concluded its roundtable discussions Wednesday. While the issue may be debatable, there is no question that agriculture should be taking every opportunity to decrease greenhouse gas emissions – including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Panalist …

Audio, Fertilizer, Novus International, USDA

Agrotain Focuses on Sustainability at Ag Congress

Cindy Zimmerman

It should be no surprise that sustainability is the most often used word here at the World Agricultural Forum’s World Ag Congress in St. Louis since the agriculture industry as a whole remains under the microscope when it comes to environmental issues. Another company making a difference in that arena is St. Louis-based AGROTAIN International and I talked with president …

Agribusiness, Fertilizer, Novus International

Global Marketing on the River

Cindy Zimmerman

“Rolling on the River” was the theme of the grand opening event this week in St. Louis of AGROTAIN International/Lange-Stegmann’s new stabilized nitrogen production facility and urea storage center. To drive that home, they even had a Tina Turner look-alike to kick off the celebration, which also featured a riverboat themed luncheon. This company is most definitely on a roll …

Agribusiness, Fertilizer

Fertilizer in the Family

Cindy Zimmerman

Several members of the Stegmann family are actively involved in the operation of Lange-Stegmann and AGROTAIN International, following in the footsteps of grandfather Henry Lange who started the company with his brother, and father Rich Stegmann who serves as chairman of the company. Rick Stegmann is Operations Manager for the new granulation production facility and urea storage warehouse that opened …

Agribusiness, Fertilizer

Stabilized Nitrogen Center Explained

Cindy Zimmerman

Media got the first look at the Allen R. Sutton Stabilized Nitrogen Center prior to the official grand opening on Tuesday in St. Louis and our tour guide was Dan Kuttenkuler, project manager for Lange-Stegmann and AGROTAIN International. Dan explained how the center uses a falling curtain granulation process for quality control and production efficiency. The process allows finished products …

Agribusiness, Fertilizer

Urea by the Ton

Cindy Zimmerman

The statistics for the new Richard W. Stegmann St. Louis Urea Center are pretty amazing. Lange-Stegmann Director of Operations Rich Diffley says the facility has a capacity for 63,000 tons in 15 bins, ranging from 800 to 20,000 tons, which can be turned four times a month. “We can unload barges in approximately five hours, we can load truckloads in …

Agribusiness, Fertilizer

Stabilized Nitrogen Center Named for AGROTAIN VP

Cindy Zimmerman

When Lange-Stegmann acquired AGROTAIN eight years ago with that acquisition came Allen Sutton, vice president of business and product development. You could say the Stabilized Nitrogen Center that opened in St. Louis Tuesday was his brain child. Because of that, it will now bear his name – the Allen R. Sutton Stabilized Nitrogen Center. Making that announcement, Lange-Stegmann president Mike …

Agribusiness, Fertilizer

Urea Center Christening

Cindy Zimmerman

The brand new urea center in St. Louis received its official name at the grand opening ceremony on Tuesday – the Richard W. Stegmann St. Louis Urea Center. Lange-Stegmann president Mike Stegmann (left) surprised his father Rich, who is chairman of the company, by naming the center after him. “It was really humbling,” Rich said in an interview after the …

Agribusiness, Fertilizer

Cathedral to Fertilizer

Cindy Zimmerman

AGROTAIN International and parent company Lange-Stegmann today celebrated the grand opening of a $20 million expansion project in St. Louis. The Stabilized Nitrogen Center and the St. Louis Urea Center represent the country’s first urea plant using phase modification and the nation’s largest inland urea import terminal – or as one AGROTAIN official called the project, a “Cathedral to Fertilizer.” …

Agribusiness, Fertilizer