About Us

Founded in Beijing, Shanghai and New York 15 years ago, GreenLife Agricultural Group (GLF) is a company specializing in R&D and international trading in all types of fertilizers and its raw components.

GLF’s competitive advantage is its innovative products and state-owned enterprises (SOE) supplier relationships throughout China and its ability to manage all aspects of the supply chain to foster competitive pricing in the international fertilizer trade.

GLF is led a dedicated team of professionals in China and the United States who have great knowledge of all types of fertilizers and all aspects of international logistics and shipping. Through its own R&D and competitive sourcing in China, in addition to provide end users with its proprietary technical products GreenLife Power®, GLF is also able to supply users with excellent grade regular fertilizers GreenLife Select® at very competitive pricing.

Within 7 years of its founding, GLF has achieved tremendous growth and has successfully traded to most countries in Southeast Asia and Oceania. GLF is recognized as a reliable trading partner in the international fertilizer industry. The principals have had over 100 years of cumulative experience in agriculture specializing in fertilizers. 

3,000,000+
Tons Sold

10,000+
Happy Customers

100,000+
Hours of Work

100%
Quality Level
Behind Our Core Team
Ding De Chong, Chairman & CEO

Mr. Ding De Chong is a recognized agricultural specialist in China. After completing his Masters degree (Finance and Economics) in 1983, he worked for Coca-Cola Inc., acting as its first General Manager in China and was responsible for opening the market in China. In 1997, he was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Trade to manage China’s first private agriculture enterprise network in the country’s most productive agricultural province, Hainan. The ministry, contemplating the country’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) appointed Mr. Ding to ensure that state owned enterprises, which have a monopoly on the trade and distribution of agricultural means products through the country’s quota system could compete.

Mr. Ding quickly realized that working within the bureaucracy of state owned enterprises (CNAMPGC and SINOCHEM) was difficult to achieve this goal and privately formed GLF to overcome their shortcomings. With an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision to transform China’s agriculture industry, Mr. Ding has developed close working relationships with suppliers worldwide in need of access to China’s markets. These multi-nationals have included Associated British Foods, Rohm and Haas from the USA, Zeneca Ltd., Israel Hazera Quality Seeds, Israel Haifa Chemical Ltd., and BASF. Furthermore, his success at developing GLF has earned him the respect of his peers including CNAMPGC and SINOCHEM, which distributes high-end fertilizers exclusively on behalf of GreenLife. GreenLife today has over 500 franchised stores in China and over 5,000 points of sale. Today, GreenLife, in the markets it operates, is known as an innovator and provider of premier fertilizers. Mr. Ding has been featured on China’s national television station China Central TV (CCTV), People’s Daily newspaper, Farmers’ Daily, and International Trade Daily. He currently sits on the National Council for Agriculture Improvement for the Ministry of Agriculture.

James S. Gertler, General Partner

Mr. James S. Gertler is a private equity investor and has interests in numerous portfolio companies. In that capacity and to name a few, he is Chairman of GL Holdings International, Inc. (the parent company of GLF), a private investment firm with offices in New York City and Shanghai; a general partner of GreenLife Corporation, a leading agricultural concern in the People’s Republic of China; and a managing member of Independent Outdoor, a leading outdoor advertising company in the United States. In addition, he had been the Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development of the New York Daily News, U.S. News & World Report and for its owner, Mortimer B. Zuckerman from 1992 to 2001. From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Gertler was a financial analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co.

Mr. Gertler is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, receiving a Master in Business Administration in 1992. He received a Bachelor in Science in Economics degree, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School, University in Pennsylvania in 1988.

Our Partners
CNAMPGC, also known as Sino-Agri ~ NP Mixes

Founded in December 1977, China National Agricultural Means of Production Group Corporation (CNAMPGC) is a state-owned enterprise. CNAMPGC is the largest company in terms of production, distribution and service for the professional management of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, plastic sheeting, seeds, farm machinery and other agricultural production inputs. It has 35 subsidiary companies. In 2010, its sales revenue reached RMB 70 billion ($11 billion USD) and manufactured over 25 million tons per annum of fertilizers. Through its affiliates, CNAMPGC is the largest exporter of Chinese fertilizers.

Sinochem Group/ Sinofert Holdings Limited ~ Urea and Nitrogen Experts

Sinochem Group and specifically its flagship Sinofert Holdings, a listed entity on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange specializes in the businesses of agricultural related products including fertilizers. As one of the largest fertilizer enterprises integrating production, supply and sales in China, Sinofert’s operating scope extend through the whole industry fertilizer supply chain from R&D, production, import & export, distribution and retail to agrochemical servicing of its products. Established in 1950, Sinochem Group is one of the largest state-owned enterprises in the PRC in terms of turnover. Sinochem Group is also a global Fortune 500 enterprise, in the business of petroleum, fertilizer and chemicals. In 2010, the Group realized total sales volume of 15.51 million tons and its turnover reached RMB 29.271 billion ($4.6 billion USD).

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