Durham, N.C., United States: UPL, today, announced a two-year agreement with the Soil Health Institute (SHI), a non-profit organisation whose mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement. With this collaboration, SHI will evaluate the soil health at selected UPL research and development field stations around the world (including UPL’s OpenAg Farm in Brazil), provide soil health training for UPL field agronomists, and help establish R&D protocols for evaluating the impacts of management practices on soil health.
Soil is the basis of world’s agro-ecosystems that provides food, feed, fiber and fuel. By 2050, the world will be challenged to feed 9 billion people while also managing limited natural resources and the impact of climate change. UPL, with its mission to make every food product more sustainable, collaborates with partners, farmers, and key stakeholders to meet the future demand of agriculture, and improving soil heath will be essential to achieving that goal.
Farmers adopting regenerative soil health systems can help nations grow food for an expanding population, mitigate and adapt to climate change, improve water quality, and increase biodiversity. The partnership with SHI will advance understanding of the most beneficial and scalable regenerative practices agriculture can employ to meet the challenges of tomorrow, while at the same time, improving productivity and farmers’ livelihoods.
“Our collaboration with SHI is a step towards understanding our soil in a much deeper way to provide the right solutions for farmers to enhance soil health, a key element for sustainable agriculture,” said Adrian Percy, Chief Technology Officer, UPL. “It exemplifies our belief in activating connections across the world’s agriculture system and powering new levels of sustainable growth, in line with our OpenAg purpose, an agriculture network that feeds sustainable growth for all. No limits, no borders,” Percy added.
“Our research and training programmes are focused to provide useful outcomes for farmers, the environment, and society,” said Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, CEO, Soil Health Institute. “So far, most of our work has been in North America. This collaboration with UPL will allow us to further explore and translate soil health science into actionable management practices in other regions of the world, too,” said Honeycutt.
UPL is a global provider of sustainable agriculture products and solutions, with annual revenue exceeding US$5 billion. Through OpenAg, UPL is focused on facilitating progress for the entire agricultural value chain.