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But agronomists in the Department of Agriculture had a better idea: spread the ammonium nitrate on farmland as fertilizer.
The chemical fertilizer industry (along with that of pesticides, which are based on the poison gases developed for war) is the product of the government’s effort to convert its war machine to peacetime purposes.
Ammonium nitrate also happens to be an excellent source of nitrogen for plants.
Serious thought was given to spraying America’s forests with the surplus chemical, to help the timber industry.