Sustainability project seeks best management practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
LOVELAND, Colo. – Agrium Advanced Technologies (AAT) is partnering
with The Fertilizer Institute on Nitrace™, an innovative demonstration project to establish
fertilizer application practices designed to reduce greenhouse gases and generate carbon offset
credits for agricultural producers.
The three-year, $2.86-million project seeks to develop a program that affords participating
producers with advice to implement, monitor and track fertilizer best management practices for
nitrous oxide (N2O) emission reductions. The results of the demonstration project eventually
may lead to a system that enables agricultural producers to create and sell carbon offset credits
into both voluntary and compliance carbon markets.
Nitrace® is jointly funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Innovation
Grant and matching resources from the projectʼs participants. Through the partnership, Agrium
Advanced Technologiesʼ ESN® controlled-release fertilizer will be available to growers during
the 2012 and 2013 growing seasons.
“Agrium Advanced Technologies is committed to providing high quality slow- and controlledrelease
fertilizers,” said Andrew Mittag, President, Agrium Advanced Technologies. “Our
commitment extends to real-world product efficiency, which is why weʼre pleased to partner with
The Fertilizer Institute on the Nitrace® demonstration project.”
During the next two growing seasons, Agrium Advanced Technologies will contribute more than
$30,000 in donated ESN® product to the project. ESN® employs a unique polymer coating to
help prevent against all forms of nitrogen loss, including volatilization, denitrification, and
leaching. ESN® is also designed to deliver nitrogen to a growing crop all season long, allowing
the crop to effectively reach its full genetic potential.
Corn and soybean producers in Illinois and Iowa will be key participants in the program, tracking
the application of ESN® and other fertilizers using “4R” best management practices. The 4R
system, promoted by The Fertilizer Institute and supported by Agrium, encourages responsible
fertilizer use – the right source, right rate, right time and right place. The goal is to assist farmers
in adopting practices that minimize nutrient loss from fields.
The Nitrace® results are expected to pave the way for agricultural producers to capitalize on
their carbon savings, providing a potential, new revenue stream by offering crops – and their
carbon capture properties – as a commodity to the carbon cap and trading marketplace.
“We are very pleased to partner with Agriumʼs Advanced Technologies group, one of our
industryʼs leaders, through the Nitrace® demonstration project,” said Ford B. West, President,
The Fertilizer Institute. “We both share a commitment to responsible nutrient stewardship and
environmental sustainability, and I look forward to the results of this and other projects we are
In addition to The Fertilizer Institute, project partners include Camco, ClimateCHECK, The
Climate Trust, International Plant Nutrition Institute, U.S. Dept. of Agricultureʼs National
Laboratory on Agriculture and the Environment, Michigan State University and Colorado State
“Collaborative initiatives like this demonstration project are a top priority of Agrium Advanced
Technologiesʼ sustainability initiatives,” said Mittag. “It complements our ongoing sustainability
efforts, and our team is eager to see it lead to positive, long-term impacts for agriculture and the