Canadian crop nutrition innovator Lucent Bio, plant-based agrifood processor AGT Foods, and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) have partnered to bring a new crop nutrition solution, Soileos® Zinc, to Western Canadian farmers. As part of this new partnership, FCL will showcase the sustainable micronutrient fertilizer as its 2023 Innovation Product.
“Lucent Bio’s mission is to deliver crop nutrition to growers that increases yield while minimizing impact to the environment,” says Michael Riedijk, Lucent Bio CEO. “We created Soileos Zinc to do just that. Soileos Zinc gives farmers short-term profitability while facilitating long-term stewardship of natural resources, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with FCL to distribute it across Western Canada.”
To create Soileos, which offers enhanced nutrient delivery and prolonged bioavailability, Lucent Bio’s partner AGT Foods upcycles pea, lentils, and oat hulls into micronutrient fertilizers. To give farmers the tools they need to improve yields, crop resilience, and soil health, the Co-operative Retailing System and FCL will keep collaborating with Lucent Bio, AGT Foods, and AGT Soileos.
“Through our network of agronomists and agricultural-retail professionals, we work to ensure Western Canadian farmers have the best tools available to overcome the challenges they face throughout the growing season,” said Shawn McGuire Senior Manager, Key Accounts at FCL. “We’re proud to partner with Lucent Bio, AGT Foods and AGT Soileos to bring this made-in-Canada solution to growers across the Prairies.”
“FCL is a key partner, and the fact that they have recognized Soileos as the 2023 Innovation launch product demonstrates the power and advantage of Soileos, boosting yields while at the same time returning carbon to the soil,” said Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of AGT Foods.
Saskatoon-based Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is dedicated to providing strategy and leadership, wholesaling, manufacturing, logistics, operational assistance, business-enabling services, and marketing support to more than 160 local co-ops in Western Canada. The Co-operative Retailing System is made up of these local co-operatives and FCL collectively (CRS). The CRS provides goods and services to its members and the communities it supports, from Vancouver Island to northwest Ontario. These goods and services help people and communities grow, feed, and be fueled. With 1,500 retail outlets in more than 620 towns, our 24,000 employee total serves 1.9 million active individual members and many more non-member shoppers.
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