Cornerstone Government Affairs has inked a $300K one-year contract with the US affiliate of OCP SA, the phosphate fertilizer company that is 94 percent owned by the Government of Morocco.
The pact went into effect Oct. 1.
Tampa-based Mosaic Co. in June filed petitions with the Commerce Dept. and US International Trade Commission seeking countervailing duties against phosphate fertilizer producers in Morocco and Russia that allegedly are subsidized by their governments.
Mosaic says those subsidies hurt their mines and production facilities in Florida and Louisiana, which employ about 3,500 people.
It has Ballard Partners, which is headed by a Brian Ballard, a key fundraiser for president Trump, and the powerful Squire Patton Boggs lobbying firm as its DC representatives.
Cornerstone’s job is to coordinate and direct a strategic communications and advocacy push for OCP NA regarding countervailing duty investigations by the US government into phosphate fertilizer imports.
It will facilitate and enhance communications with “Democratic and Republican leadership in the House and Senate, as well as the next generation of House and Senate leadership, as well as future committee chairs,” according to its service agreement.
The firm will reach out to members of the Trump administration and Joe Biden’s campaign to best position OCP in the future.
Cornerstone also will engage in outreach to agricultural and trade organizations in order to gain third-party support for OCP’s position on the case.
Reuters has reported that OCP will drop fertilizer sales in the US, in the event that duties are imposed against its products.