Pivot Bio Growers Receive $6M+ since FY2022 for Improved Nitrogen Management

Hundreds of growers participating in the company’s N-OVATORTM program receiving payments from Pivot Bio’s partnership with leading companies

A global food and beverage company purchased nitrogen credits from the FY2023 program representing the avoidance of 100,000 metric tons of CO2e and additional co-benefits across 300,000 acres

Berkeley, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2024)Pivot Bio, a leading sustainable agriculture company, today announced that its sustainability program, N-OVATOR™, has paid over $6 million to growers for implementing better nitrogen management practices since its launch in 2022. N-OVATOR™ provides prompt, annual payments to growers and is the first insetting program to focus on nitrous oxide emissions.

Repeatable by design and flexible by nature, the Pivot Bio N-OVATOR™ program compensates farmers every crop cycle for using a more reliable form of nitrogen by connecting them with companies looking to achieve Scope 3 emissions reduction goals. The growing list of N-OVATOR™ partners includes major consumer packaged goods companies, ingredient suppliers, spirit producers and grain buyers who are working to improve the sustainability of their agricultural supply chains.

This year, downstream companies participating in N-OVATOR™’s insetting partnerships made payments to reward Pivot Bio growers for their practice change following the 2023 harvest.

The largest transaction to date was the sale of 100,000 nitrogen credits to a global food and beverage company. The credits from this transaction represent 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent that was avoided by over 450 farmers across 300,000 acres within the company’s supply shed. In total, the growers in this insetting partnership replaced over 10 million pounds of synthetic fertilizer.

“The size and scope of N-OVATOR™’s partnerships represent a major shift in how companies are investing in sustainable agriculture,” said Karsten Temme, chief innovation officer of Pivot Bio. “By partnering directly with growers in their supply sheds, companies are taking impactful steps to improve their environmental footprint while reducing their Scope 3 emissions.”

Participating growers receive revenue for the sustainability benefits generated on their farms as a result of using PROVEN® 40 – a microbial nitrogen that can replace up to 25% of growers’ total nitrogen needs – ultimately helping them earn a higher return on investment for more efficient nitrogen management.

“By providing growers with a tool to measure the impact of their nitrogen management practices and serving as a bridge to companies that want to partner with them directly, we’re creating a new, low-risk revenue stream for our customers, while delivering a scalable solution to companies with ambitious climate objectives,” said Temme.

In 2022, N-OVATOR™ recorded the avoidance of more than 80,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent by replacing synthetic nitrogen fertilizer with PROVEN 40 on 725,000 acres. That’s roughly the same amount of CO2e generated from the annual electricity use of 15,000 households.

The full results of the FY2023 program will be shared once all 2023 insetting partnerships are complete in the spring of 2024. We expect to see the impact of the program grow significantly and are in partnership discussions with numerous other global companies that are looking for ways to meet their climate objectives.

Pivot Bio will seek to enroll more growers, acres and corporate partners in the 2024 program this spring. Learn more about how to participate in the N-OVATOR™ program by visiting www.pivotbio.com/novator-program.

About Pivot Bio

Pivot Bio is a leading sustainable agriculture company delivering farmers patented crop nutrition technologies that harness the power of nature to reliably and productively grow the food the world needs in the face of increasing volatility. Currently available in North America and soon in Brazil, the company’s products are a breakthrough innovation. They are among the industry’s most promising climate solutions because they deliver nitrogen to plants without the negative impacts of synthetic fertilizer. The company’s nitrogen is weatherproof, safer to handle, and does not leach or contribute to nitrous oxide pollution. By making this possible for the first time at scale, Pivot Bio is upending the 190 billion USD nitrogen market. Pivot Bio has been recognized twice by Time magazine on its annual list of best inventions, by Fast Company on its World Changing Ideas and World’s Most Innovative Companies lists, by CNBC in its Disruptor 50 list of private companies, and by Fortune on its Impact 20 list of startups driving social good. The company recently announced its fourth consecutive year of growth. For more information, visit PivotBio.com.

Contact: Erin Loesing
Communications Manager, Pivot Bio