Aqua Yield - Company of the Year
Company: Aqua Yield, Draper, UT
Company Description: Aqua-Yield™ specializes in Aquamized™ fertilizer formulas. Our patented process increases plant nutrient uptake and efficiency: The results from Aqua-Yield’s™ technology are greater crop yields, product earlier to market and a reduction in fertilization costs.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Company of the Year - Energy - Small
Nomination Title: Aqua Yield "The Smallest Innovation in Agricultural History"
Tell the story about what this nominated organization has achieved since January 1, 2016 (up to 650 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms.
Aqua-Yield is “The smallest innovation in agricultural history”
The fertilizing status quo wasn’t good enough.
The founders and investors in Aqua-Yield immediately recognized there had to be a better way to nurture, grow and more quickly harvest the world’s crops, and so, they invented and then developed it. Aqua Yield’s nano-technology is Eco-friendly, User-friendly, Farmer-friendly, Profit-friendly and Future-friendly.
What’s wrong with the traditional fertilizing process?
The problem is waste. (Remember last year’s Algae bloom in Utah Lake?)
Plants only absorb 30%–66% of the nutrients in common fertilizers (those nutrients include nitrogen and phosphorus). That means we are “over feeding” nutrients and there is nowhere for the excess product to go except to pollute our soils and water sources. We have been wasting money on wasted fertilizer that pollutes the soil and our water. It’s time for a world-changing innovation ...
Aqua-Yield - Welcome to the Future of Farming
Using nanotechnology, we make fertilizer more crop-friendly from the cell up. The goal — denser crops with less waste. We truly believe that Aqua-Yield is the “smallest innovation in agricultural history.”
Every step in the Aqua-Yield process is patent protected, or patent-pending protected:
1 - Purify
By removing impurities through the Aqua-Yield lab, our liquid fertilizer can better react with our Nano-ShieldTM technology and repel other impurities.
2 - Minify
We then break up the particles in the liquid fertilizer so they can be absorbed directly into the leaf and root cells in the crop. We literally “feed” crops from the bottom - up.
3 - Shield
Our Nano-ShieldTM technology protects nutrients against impurities and reactive molecules in the water and soil so that more nutrition ends up in the crops.
4 - Yield
The Aqua-YieldTM process provides the perfect amount fertilizer into the crop and because of that, farmers across the nation are now experiencing more efficient delivery through leaves and roots which leads to higher production for the farm.
Aqua-Yield’s incredible patent already in place, states they are the ONLY company/process that can run a nanoparticulated fertilizer through an irrigation system.
Using less, yielding more.
Rarely does the less-expensive solution mean less waste, less fertilizer cost, a higher germination rate, greater crop yields, increased plant nutrient uptake, earlier ground-to-market time and lowered labor costs. Aqua-Yield makes farming a win-win for everyone, including Mother Nature. This is unbelievable technology leading to previously unimaginable results. No one has come close to the testing we’ve done or to providing the results we continue see — No One!
-Nano technology. Mega results. Farmer tested. Earth approved.
-Lower fertilizer cost.
-Higher germination rate Greater crop yields.
-Increased plant nutrient uptake Faster growth cycle.
-Lowered labor costs.
-Patent U.S. Pat. No. 9,334,200 - Fertilizer composition and method for suspending fertilizer in an aqueous solution. Awarded and Issued May 10, 2016.
-Trademarks: Aqua-Yield, Aquamized, Nanogronomy, Nano-Shield
Substantial Sales Revenue/Growth Info/Interesting Info:
-Compounded growth rate of 297% since 2014
-Aqua-Yield has over 350 farmers/customers in 23 states
-We have Aquamized (lingo for processed in our system) over 1,600 chemical formulations since we began operations
-In 2016, 25% of Revenue went back to research and development. That will continue in 2017
-In Florida, of the 380,000 Acres of Citrus Production (Last census data showed 420,000 Acres, due to weather, and growers leaving industry, people suspect it is at 380k now)Aqua-Yield is on 110,000 Acres. Nearly 30% of the Marketplace is on our technology now after only three years
-Next patent will be awarded on March 18, 2017
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Startup Nation https://startupnation.com/grow-your-business/leverage-business-technology/startups-changing-the-world/ Utah Best of State - 2015, 2016.
In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief accomplishments of this organization since the beginning of 2016 (up to 150 words).
-Showcased a reduction of 80% in Humic Acid fertilizer in Turfgrass Sod production with the same efficiency in Dayton, OH.
-Increased pecan production and yield by 36% in Fort McDowel, AZ while using a much more efficient fertilizer technology that is Aqua-Yield.
-Grew Turfgrass Bermudagrass Sod in Southern Georgia (Leslie, GA) in 9 weeks (industry average is 16 weeks) due to Aqua-Yield technology and nanoparticles increasing growth and turf establishment and density.
-Proved nanoparticles that are patented and proprietary to Aqua-Yield halt the growth of plant diseases such as Citrus Greening in Florida, where Aqua-Yield has had tremendous success.
-Grew company by 198% from 2015 to 2016 in revenues.
-Invested 25% of revenues back into research and development.
-Awarded first patent:
FERTILIZER COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR SUSPENDING FERTILIZER IN AN AQUEOUS SOLUTION
Publication number: 20160244381
Of the following measures of success, which ONE do you want the judges to most appreciate about your organization's story of achievement since the beginning of 2016?