The EU is weighing accelerating the development of manure-based fertilizers to limit reliance on Russian-made alternatives and the gas needed for domestic production. The Spanish and Dutch governments are “opening a new focus” on treating manure and using it instead of traditional, gas-based products, Spanish Agriculture Minister Luis Planas said in an interview Monday. The pilot project has been discussed with the rest of the European Union’s agriculture ministers, whose reaction has been “positive.” The war in Ukraine propelled wholesale fertilizer prices to multi-year highs earlier this year, despite the US exempting Russian sales from sanctions. Soaring prices for gas, the main input for nitrogen-rich ammonia fertilizer, have made it more expensive to produce supplies and forced manufacturers to halt some output. Disruption to the supply of fertilizer is already curbing crop yields in South America while soaring prices have had a particularly heavy impact on countries such as […]