The Southwestern Fertilizer Conference (SWFC) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association established in 1925, originally as a fertilizer grade hearing for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. With the introduction of dealer blending and liquid fertilizer in the 50’s, the emphasis on the grade hearing aspect of the conference waned. Industry, however, continued to use the conference as an opportunity to maintain business relationships. It kept its regional emphasis until the 1980’s, when other geographic interests gained notice. Attendance grew rapidly each year after that, mostly from word-of-mouth promotion. You could say that “everyone is there because everyone is there".
Hosted by the association, the annual conference, “The Southwest” as it is often referred to within the industry, has allowed it to evolve into a meeting of great prominence for the fertilizer industry, and is one of the largest gatherings of professionals involved in the fertilizer industry in the world. This conference attracts upper-level management and sales personnel representing fertilizer manufacturers, distributors, brokers and dealers. The SWFC is governed by volunteer leaders and an Executive Committee who are elected by the membership annually. Their duties are guided by the efforts of the Planning Committee. Any participant of the SWFC is welcome to volunteer to participate – contact the association office for more details.
The established purpose of the meeting is educational. Top-notch industry speakers present at each conference. The areas generally addressed are fertilizer and agricultural economy, governmental affairs issues directly impacting the industry, a prominent industry CEO, and the primary issue affecting the industry at the time. However, networking is probably considered the main attraction for most of the attendees.
The SWFC’s success allows it to provide substantial scholarships, grants and research funding for the industry. To date, the association has paid out over $170,000 in donations to charitable organizations that serve or support the agriculture community.
About the Fertilizer Industry
America’s fertilizer businesses are part of a multi-billion dollar industry that provides farmers with the nutrients necessary for them to produce crops to meet the world's demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel. These nutrients include phosphorus, nitrogen and other essential elements that promote the health and sustainability of the soil.
Each year, the success of the Southwestern Fertilizer Conference enables the association to contribute substantial scholarships, grants and research funding to agriculture- and food-related charitable organizations. To date, the association has paid out over $215,000 in donations to organizations that have included the Nutrients for Life Foundation and the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation, among others. Contact the SWFC office (512-259-2118) for more information.
Antitrust Compliance Policy
This Guide to Antitrust Compliance is designed to help SWFC members comply with state and federal antitrust laws when participating in SWFC meetings or activities.