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SEPTEMBER 2019 
A Message From CEO of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers and Chairman of IFA’s Agriculture Committee, Ian Hansen

Amid growing climate change and environmental concerns, IFA and the fertilizer industry are more dedicated than ever to finding and creating solutions to facilitate more sustainable plant nutrition around the world.

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Innovation

Plant Nutrition 2.0: The Fertilizer Industry Embraces AgTech

Crop nutrition is a complicated subject with many variables including soil health and the weather. Which is why a growing number of fertilizers producers and startups are turning to technology. Digital tools that improve fertilizer decision-making and application, climate-smart fertilizers with enhanced efficiency, as well as new products to improve soil and plant health, can all help farmers increase their yields and improve their nutrient use efficiency.

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Video: New Sensor Gives Farmers More Accurate Read on Planet Health & Crop Data

A Purdue University professor has built an innovative multispectral handheld sensor that gives plant scientists and farmers a more precise way of measuring the health of crops while gathering valuable up-to-the-minute data.

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Environment & Sustainability

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The New Tenets of Fertilizer Production

The first half of the 20th century witnessed major breakthroughs in fertilizer production. While these fertilizers have been crucial for feeding a fast-growing global population, the world is currently facing a new set of environmental challenges. Since the beginning of the 21st century the fertilizer industry has once again been focussing on innovation and embracing new technologies to successfully reduce its environmental footprint.

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Video: Could Microalgae Feed the World?

With a global food system that needs to be more sustainable, we're having to think of different diets and new ways to farm. Could the cultivation of nutrient-dense microalgae offer a sustainable solution to the problem of how to feed our growing population?

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Around the World

Pioneering Indian Study Highlights “More Crop Per Drop” from Fertigation

How can we sustainably grow enough food in a changing climate while radically reducing the use of precious resources such as water and minimizing nutrient losses to the environment? The answer may well be through fertigation: applying fertilizers dissolved in water through irrigation systems which allows plants to receive water and nutrients in precise amounts and locations at the same time.

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Video: Robot-Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery

An innovative project in California is bringing robotics, artificial intelligence and precision agriculture together to improve crops harvests and save water through a next generation precision irrigation system.

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Impact Makers

Bruce Caldwell, CEO of 3Bar Biologics, 2019 Plant Nutrition Startup Showcase Winner

We sat down with the founder of 3Bar Biologics to discuss delivering fresh microbes to farmers, the challenges and opportunities for biologicals and how he would like to work more closely with fertilizer producers.

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Guðbjörg Rist, COO of Atmonia, Crowd Favourite at IFA's Startup Showcase

We caught up with Atmonia's COO to explore on-farm nitrogen fertilizer production, the future for green ammonia and her experiences as a finalist at the Plant Nutrition Startup Showcase.

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Other News & Events
2019 IFA Crossroads Asia-Pacific

Focusing on the pivotal Asian region and Pacific basin, IFA's Crossroads Asia-Pacific Conference is an extremely popular event, with some 400 participants in atttendance. More information can be found here.

Inaugural High Level Forum

This High-Level Forum is a multi-stakeholder dialogue between the fertilizer industry and key international organizations working on agricultural or environmental issues to identify solutions to facilitate more sustainable plant nutrition around the world. More

 

Global Stewardship Conference

Bringing together for the first time ever IFA's Agriculture, Communications & Public Affairs and Technical & SHE Committees, IFA's new Global Stewardship Conference is one you will not want to miss! Stay stuned.