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Forage Capital Partners provides growth capital to businesses along the entire agriculture and food industry value chain. Forage offers both growth equity and subordinated debt.

Forage’s experienced investors have spent the last 20 years investing in:

  • Crop inputs
  • Primary food production and processing
  • Equipment manufacturing
  • Branded food companies

The Forage team works closely with entrepreneurs and management on the type of capital required to help them grow and prosper in a global marketplace.

Areas targeted by Forage

Food processing and manufacturing

Crop inputs and fertilizer businesses

Manufacturers of farm equipment or food processing/monitoring equipment

Distribution, merchandising, and logistics companies

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Growers Using the New Fertilizer from Ostara can Deliver Nutrients Effectively to Reach Yield Goals

Crystal Green Answers the Need for a High-Efficiency Granular Phosphate Fertilizer that Protects the Environment

VANCOUVER, Canada (April 26, 2022) – Significant amounts of phosphate applied each year can be lost through fixation, runoff and leaching when using conventional phosphate fertilizers. However, growers using Crystal Green® granular phosphate fertilizer can avoid the inefficiencies of conventional phosphate fertilizers. Crystal Green is unique in that its nutrient release mechanism is determined by the crop and not the environment, a natural process called Crop Driven Release™.

Crystal Green, by Ostara, has an analysis of 5-28-0 with 10% magnesium to provide crops access to nutrients that remain plant available all season long.

The Next Generation of Phosphate Fertilizer
In 2019 Ostara started producing Crystal Green in Ft. Meade, Fl. Since then, demand for Crystal Green has exceeded expectations. Ostara is the first company to commercially produce and market a highly efficient granular phosphate product like Crystal Green.

“We began the Crystal Green journey to solve the problem of too much phosphate being lost to the global waterways and causing environmental challenges,” says Ahren Britton, chief technology officer at Ostara. “By producing a high efficiency phosphate fertilizer, Ostara is offering the first manufactured, environmentally friendly fertilizer option where everyone feels the benefits.”

How Crystal Green Works
All crops naturally release organic acids from growing roots, such as citric acid, to solubilize soil-bound nutrients. Crystal Green is sparingly water soluble, minimizing nutrient loss from fixation, runoff and leaching but is 100% soluble in organic acids, such as citric acid, naturally released from roots. By putting crops in charge of nutrient availability and avoiding traditional losses from conventional phosphate fertilizers, Crystal Green is the most efficient granular phosphate fertilizer on the market using Crop Driven Release™.

After multiple years of global trials from university and third-party researchers and supportive year- over-year sales growth, Crystal Green is proven to provide the following advantages to growers that provide agronomic, economic and environmental benefits.

• Nutrient Availability activated with Crop Driven Release™ – Crystal Green only releases nutrients when roots need them for growth and development. As roots grow and exude organic acids, Crystal Green releases phosphate, nitrogen, and magnesium efficiently for optimized uptake and crop response.
• Citrate Soluble – Crystal Green is a struvite-based fertilizer that is 100% citrate soluble and 100% plant available. This one-of-a-kind fertilizer remains in the soil where it’s placed until it interacts with acids released by growing roots, significantly increasing its efficacy.
• Avoids Soil Fixation – Aluminum, calcium, and iron fixation is a challenge in many soil types. In some soils, fixation can bind up to 80% of applied phosphate. These soils require growers to apply far more phosphate than a crop may require, just to overcome the fixation effect. The unique solubility characteristics of Crystal Green avoids fixation altogether to help reach yield potential with less phosphate.

A Win for All
With continual pressure to improve yield and quality while reducing environmental degradation, growers are looking for more efficient and innovative fertilizers. Growers applying Crystal Green are experiencing results that outperform the use of conventional fertilizers while protecting the environment.

“Crystal Green is the only granular phosphate fertilizer on the market that remains plant available throughout the growing season. Crystal Green, when comparing actual pounds of available phosphate, generally wins hand-down versus conventional phosphate fertilizers,” says Ron Restum, chief revenue officer at Ostara. “By nutrients staying in the soil and being available to crops when they need it, it’s a win for yield, a win for the environment, and most importantly a win for a grower’s bottom-line.”

Due to increasing demand for Crystal Green, currently produced in Ft. Mead, Fl., Ostara is building a significantly larger production facility in St. Louis, Mo. Construction is projected to be complete in fall of 2023.

“Improving nutrient use efficiency and soil health while protecting our environment benefits everyone. We’re excited to be playing a leading role in bringing innovative, sustainable, and highly efficient products like Crystal Green to the Ag and T&O markets,” Restum adds.

Crystal Green is currently available at all major Ag retailers across North America and is available in bulk via railcar, bulk truck or in 1-ton super sacks.

To learn more about Crystal Green, please email info@ostara.com or visit your local Ag retailer.

About Ostara | Crystal Green
Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first high-efficiency phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand using Crop-Driven Release™. Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up, runoff and leaching, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways. Additionally, the Company’s Pearl® technology recovers phosphorus and nitrogen from industrial and municipal water streams and transforms these nutrients into Crystal Green® Pearl fertilizer which is also sold into the agriculture and turf & ornamental sectors through a network of established retailers and distributors in North America and Europe. To learn more about Ostara’s revolutionary technologies and fertilizer portfolio, please visit ostara.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Michelle Fluty Ostara Marketing and Communications Manager
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Samsung Galaxy Mobile Device and Knox Solution sow seeds of success for ‘AgTech’ business

Agriculture technology company Croptimistic and its product ecosystem get an automated boost from Samsung devices and solution technology with partner program support.

news.samsung.com/ca/samsung-galaxy-mobile-solutions-and-knox-technology-sow-seeds-of-success-for-agtech-business

S3 Group Acquires TEMP Farm Equipment Ltd.

Saskatchewan and Ontario-based innovators in industrial product development, manufacturing and marketing, unite.

January 7, 2022 – the S3 Group has acquired TEMP Farm Equipment Ltd (DBA AWS Airbar Worldwide Solutions) of Mitchell, ON. From its roots as a customer-based innovation coming out of the service department of a John Deere dealership, AWS is best known for its state-of-the-art airbars that introduce airflow into the header of a combine, reducing shatter loss, increasing yield, and improving ground speed. AWS product is sold worldwide with an extensive dealer network throughout North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and Japan.

AWS Operations Manager, Mark MacDonald, will take on the role of General Manager, responsible for day to day operations, product development, and distribution. Operations of AWS will continue in the beautiful community of Mitchell, ON.

AWS and S3 have a long history together, as the rotors used in AWS’s flagship airbar are manufactured by S3 Air Systems. With its reputation for customer service and innovation, AWS is a great fit for the Swift Current, SK headquartered S3. States S3 Group CEO, Richelle Andreas, “I have tremendous respect for the business that Jeff Dolmage, Mike De Corte, and their partners have built. They have demonstrated a corporate culture of customer responsiveness, actively developing employees for success, and a world-class product. This acquisition makes S3 stronger and I am excited about what it means for our future.”

AWS joins S3 Air Systems, S3 Manufacturing, S3 Wireform, and S3 Delta as an important member of the S3 Group, with operations now spanning five facilities and two countries. Collectively, S3 focuses on innovation and design, developing and manufacturing products for OEM’s across multiple industries while offering proprietary S3 branded products and solutions.

For more information about S3 and AWS, visit their websites at www.s3groupltd.com and www.awsairbar.com.

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