Indigo, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, has announced the launch of Indigo Partners, a collaboration of 25 leading growers and agronomic experts across the United States to test agricultural technologies – including Indigo’s microbial seed treatments – on over 15,000 acres.
The Indigo Partners program shares company success with growers through equity grants. With the data and insights gathered from growers’ fields, Indigo aims to bring products to market that will improve both grower profitability and the way that seven billion people are fed.
“Using bioinformatics and data analytics, we are creating a unique agricultural R&D platform,” said David Perry, CEO and director of Indigo. “Together with leading growers around the world, we will test and validate new technologies, generating insights that will bring innovative products to market.
“With Indigo Partners, we seek to discover and launch technologies that improve farmer profitability, and to champion change with new sustainable farming practices.”
“The Indigo Partners program is going to be transformative in agriculture,” said Kip Tom, chairman of the Indigo Partners program and of Tom Farms. “Indigo’s approach addresses the most critical pressure point for farmers, helping to understand the value new innovative technologies bring.
“I look forward to watching growers worldwide benefit from the Indigo Partners program.”
During the 2017 planting season, Indigo will be providing participating growers with access to the company’s microbial seed treatments and agronomic advice. Throughout the season, growers will work with Indigo and agronomic experts to collect data. They will then attend an Indigo-hosted event to discuss their insights, which will help the company further refine products and technologies.
Indigo plans to launch the program globally within a few years to assess a broad range of products and new technologies sourced from Indigo and other ag innovators.
Source – Indigo