Intrepid Potash, Inc. (IPI) is an American producer of potash and langbeinite, two essential minerals used primarily as fertilizers in the agriculture industry. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company is the largest producer of potash in the United States.
Potash, a potassium-based product, is one of the three primary nutrients (along with nitrogen and phosphorus) required for plant growth and is critical for improving crop yield and quality. Langbeinite, marketed by Intrepid under the brand name Trio®, is a specialty fertilizer that contains potassium, magnesium, and sulfate, offering a unique combination of essential nutrients for plant growth.
Intrepid Potash operates three solar solution potash production facilities in New Mexico and Utah:
- Moab, Utah: This facility produces potash and salt using solar evaporation ponds. The potash is used in various agricultural applications, while the salt is used in animal feed, industrial processes, and deicing products.
- Wendover, Utah: Similar to the Moab facility, the Wendover facility uses solar evaporation ponds to produce potash and salt.
- Carlsbad, New Mexico: The Carlsbad facility produces potash and langbeinite through both solar evaporation and mechanical evaporation processes.
Intrepid Potash is also involved in the production and marketing of water for use in oil and gas drilling operations, leveraging its access to significant water resources in New Mexico.
The company is committed to sustainable practices in its mining and production operations, focusing on environmental stewardship, resource conservation, and responsible land management.