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For Immediate Release
Raleigh, North Carolina – May 7th, 2020
Azotic North America, maker of Envita™ nitrogen-fixing bacteria, is recognized by Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020 as the only naturally-occurring, food-grade microbe to help farmers meet increasing global demand on our food supply while helping combat dependence on nitrogen-based fertilizers.
The universal use of nitrogen fertilizer in modern agriculture is required to optimize crop productivity. Until now, farmers wanting to reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizer would also be looking at a reduction in yield potential – use less to produce less – a solution that addresses only half of the equation. Envita changes this equation.
Envita moves inside the plant cells growing with the plant to fix nitrogen all season long, when and where the plant needs it most. Applied to the seed, Envita has proven success with farmers throughout the US corn belt, reducing the need for applied N fertilizer on average 27% while maintaining yield.
“Envita is a game-changing product in agriculture for two reasons,” comments Azotic North America President Nolan Berg. “First, it works for farmers and second, it reduces agriculture’s impact on the environment. The recognition from Fast Company validates for us that true innovation addresses two equally important needs – in this case maintaining food production levels, while addressing the need for sustainable farm practices.”
Now in their fourth year, the Fast Company awards honour businesses, policies, projects and concepts from around the world that foster innovation and show great potential to solve the problems that affect us all.
Now available in all US states, Envita is in its second year of commercial production in the USA following a farm scale trial program in 2018 and 6 years of global research trials.
Envita is a naturally-occurring, food grade microbe that provides plants with the ability to fix their own nitrogen from the air replacing an average of 27% of their nitrogen needs in corn. When applied in furrow or on seed, Envita grows with the plant, metabolizing nitrogen from the atmosphere (which is 78% nitrogen). Growers can choose to use Envita with their regular fertility program for a yield boost or deliver same yields using less nitrogen.
“Row crop farmers are quite familiar with the natural nitrogen fixing abilities of crops like soybeans. Now imagine that crops like corn can also fix nitrogen on their own and not just in the roots – throughout the entire plant, all season long. It’s like turning crops into nitrogen-fixing machines,” says Erika Wagner, Chief Agronomist North America, Azotic. “Whether farmers are looking to boost their yields, reduce their nitrogen, or both, Envita provides options.”
About Azotic North America
Azotic North America was formed to introduce this natural nitrogen-fixing technology to farmers in North America. With a North American offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, Guelph, Ontario and a global office in Nottingham, UK, Azotic has taken more than 20 years of academic research and created the first large scale, commercially available nitrogen-fixation product and is now offering it to farmers across the globe. Finally, there is no compromise between high yield production agriculture and nitrogen sustainability.