Pursell Agri-Tech of Sylacauga is one of two Tier-1 winners of the Next Gen Fertilizer Innovations Challenge through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
As a Tier-1 winner, Pursell Agri-Tech and entrant Taylor Pursell receive $17,500 for Urea 2.0, which replaces the conventional urea core with a customizable mixture of materials to tailor fertilizers to local needs.
Dr. Christopher Hendrickson of Aqua-Yield Operations LLC in Draper, Utah, also won $17,500 for a nano-smart fertilizer.
The competition seeks to improve fertilizer efficiency through novel technologies that increase crop yields while reducing environmental impacts.
Next Gen Fertilizer Innovations Challenge is the second of a two-part EPA-USDA Partnership and Competition on Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEFs) to Advance Agricultural Sustainability in the United States.
EPA and USDA coordinate EEF challenges with The Fertilizer Institute, International Fertilizer Development Center, The Nature Conservancy and National Corn Growers Association.