Supporting Local Organizations and Programs

Supporting Local Organizations and Programs

Aside from our impact as an employer, producer and landowner, we are also a supporter of civic, educational and environmental organizations and activities in communities where we have operations.

In Saskatchewan, for example, Mosaic is a supporter of the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team, a community-owned team that now plays in Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field in Regina. Every year we sponsor a Mosaic Game Day and present a Mosaic Player Award to the player who best exemplifies outstanding community service. The Roughriders, a hundred year-old club, is probably the most recognized brand in the province. Also in Regina, Mosaic is the title sponsor for the Mosaic Masterworks Concert Series of the Regina (Saskatchewan) Symphony Orchestra. We are providing a $250,000 sponsorship over five years.

In Hardee County, Florida, we worked closely with the local government and economic development agency in planning for an extension of our South Fort Meade Mine. Our mining and reclamation plans were developed with an eye toward local government plans for long-term land use in the area. A development order issued by the local government includes a ten-year, $42 million commitment from Mosaic for infrastructure and other economic development in the county.

Mosaic has also committed to donating a fire station and park area in Duette, Florida, near our Altman Tract mine in Manatee County. We expect the projects to be completed in 2012.

Investment in educational research is an important component of our local commitment. We donated $25,000 to the University of Florida for its chemical engineering unit operations lab to purchase supplies to conduct water filtration experiments. At the University of South Florida's College of Engineering in Tampa, Mosaic donated $75,000 that was matched dollar for dollar by the College to be used to enhance the curriculum with experiments emphasizing the safe handling of chemicals, while exposing students to more analytical techniques.

We also initiated a five-year collaboration in 2007 with the University of Adelaide, Australia, when we established the Mosaic Fertilizer Technology Centre, which is focusing on research and development opportunities. We also sponsor research at several universities in the U.S. to study various agronomic issues. Among the sponsorships are: Purdue University, Kansas State University, Iowa State University, University of Georgia, University of Illinois, and Louisiana State University.

In early 2009, a permanent exhibit about the history of the Port of Tampa opened at the Tampa Bay History Center, made possible by a $250,000 grant from Mosaic. The interactive exhibit features the history of shipping in the area, underscoring its importance to the area's commerce, culture and economic vitality.

The Mote Marine Laboratory's Snook Enhancement Program at Aquaculture Park in Sarasota, Florida, received a $125,000 grant from Mosaic. The snook is a fish that has come under pressure, placing it on a Florida state list of "species of special concern." Because of this status, Mote Marine is raising the snook and several other ocean species in captivity to help facilitate their recovery.

Mosaic also makes donations to the Red Cross and other relief agencies following natural disasters. We have contributed $200,000 for earthquakes in China, $200,000 for Midwest floods and $150,000 for hurricane relief in Louisiana and Florida.