SABIC Agri-Nutrients Company (SABIC AN) has partnered with US-based ADM and BiOWiSH Technologies to help farmers achieve higher production in a sustainable and cost-effective manner.
As part of the partnership and obtaining independent certifications for low-carbon ammonia and blue hydrogen production from TÜV Rheinland, SABIC AN said it aims to help reduce the carbon footprint in the agricultural supply chain.
SABIC AN’s portfolio includes biologically enhanced urea fertilizer powered by BiOWiSH, which, based on early peer-reviewed research, has the potential for lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional urea as well as the potential for increased sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide into the soil.
In a pilot project spanning 50,000 acres, midwestern U.S. farmers will employ SABIC AN's Bio-Enhanced Urea for their 2023 crops. The company will join the ADM Re: Generations Program, which offers financial and technical assistance for those adopting or maintaining regenerative agriculture methods.
This pilot aims to gather insights into the potential emission cuts possible with bio-enhanced urea, the company said in a release.
“SABIC Agri-Nutrients is committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, and we do so by launching new products that enable sustainability throughout our value chain,” said Radwan Abdallah, senior manager, SABIC AN. “SABIC Agri-Nutrients is leading the industry in innovative agri-nutrient production. By utilizing advanced technologies to deliver premier products, we can sustainably help enable higher yields of quality crops to feed an ever-growing global population.”
Several ADM units, such as the Farm Direct Fertilizer and Climate-Smart Ag Origination teams, are teaming up with SABIC AN and BiOWiSH for this pilot. Besides facilitating data collection, ADM is also offering financial rewards to the growers involved.
The company, along with BiOWiSH, will provide field support, data analysis, and external research with the aim of aligning climate-smart protocols and crop production goals through sustainable practices. These combined efforts will yield crucial data to meet the short-term environmental needs of society and foster changes that create long-term benefits, the company added.
It has a diverse portfolio of sustainable solutions and innovative technologies that support the agricultural industry to address key sustainability challenges such as increasing productivity and strengthening water-use efficiency.
Earlier this year, SABIC Agri-Nutrients Company acquired a 49% stake in the ETG Inputs Holdco Limited (EIHL).