Agrium Inc was incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act on December 21, 1992. The Company is a retail supplier of agricultural products and services in both North and South America and a producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products. The Company produces and markets three primary groups of nutrients: nitrogen, phosphate and potash as well as controlled release fertilizers and micronutrients. Its three operating business units are Retail, Wholesale and Advanced Technologies. The Company's Retail business unit markets crop nutrients, crop protection products, seeds, custom application and other agronomic services to customers in the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The Company's Wholesale business unit manufactures, purchases, and markets a full range of nutrients including nitrogen-based, potash and phosphate-based crop nutrient products. Wholesale owns and operates five North American nitrogen facilities, four located in Alberta, Canada and one in Borger, Texas, U.S. The majority of the nitrogen produced in Alberta is sold in Western Canada and the North Western and Northern Plains regions of the U.S. Nitrogen products from Borger are sold in the Texas Panhandle area and ammonia is sold by pipeline from Texas to the Western Cornbelt. The Company's Advanced Technologies business unit is comprised of crop nutrient technologies and professional products, including the controlled-release crop nutrient and professional products businesses of Nu-Gro and Pursell as well as the business unit's legacy controlled-release and micronutrient products. Advanced Technologies utilizes urea produced at the Company's Wholesale Carseland facility in their production of ESN and Duration. Crop nutrient technologies include the manufacturing and marketing of controlled-release crop nutrients and micronutrients that are sold to the crop nutrient industry. The Company's competitors include other large integrated fertilizer producers, cooperatives, divisions of agribusiness companies, regional distributors and independent dealers. The Company's operations are subject to a number of federal, provincial, state and local laws, regulations, licenses and permits, the purpose of which is to protect the environment.
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