The hub of fertilizer innovation

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The hub of fertilizer innovation

Tim Hammerich
Journalist

This is Tim Hammerich from the Ag Information Network with your Farm of the Future report.

The agricultural system we rely on today relies on the availability of fertilizers. This fertilizer is available through the Haber-Bosch process, which, according to Nitricity’s Nico Pinkowski, has fortunately made its way to the United States.

Pinkowski… “At first only Germany was able to produce fertilizers with this approach, then the technology eventually spread via espionage, the designs made their way to North America. And the U.S. government has tasked several worker towns with building fertilizer production capacity in Alabama. Today, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the Tennessee Valley Authority have created some of the most widely used fertilizer types and fertilizer application approaches in the industry.

Pinkowski said that’s what led to fertilizer innovation and America’s fertilizer hub.

Pinkowski… “Muscle Shoals, Alabama also sampled ammonia and rock phosphate from around the world and invented fertilizers. So they invented triple super phosphate. And then also, you know, this hub of American fertilizer innovation later turned into a geopolitical asset for the United States. Henry Kissinger converted this ecosystem into the International Center for Fertilizer Development.

Nitricity’s technology will be on display at Muscle Shoals later this fall.

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