US (KS): Compass Minerals opens innovation center

Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition has expanded its research and development (R&D) capabilities with the opening of a new North American Innovation Center. The 14,000 square foot facility located in the Midwest Bioscience Research Park in Stilwell, Kansas, will feature a 3,400 square foot greenhouse, a growth chamber and 14 acres of field trials.

This is the company’s second innovation center dedicated to support the development of plant nutrition technologies. The first center opened in Iracemopolis, Brazil, in 2017. Recently, the company signaled it would be growing its research and development operations with the hiring of Dr. Ryan Bartlett, previously with Monsanto Company.

“Our goal is to directly influence farmer growing practices through science,” said Bartlett, vice president innovation and product development. “In the world of agriculture R&D, the lion’s share of funding has consistently gone towards advanced breeding techniques, developing transgenics and crop protection products. We’re working to compound the gains realized with those innovations by developing similar advances in plant nutrition.”

With the opening of the Innovation Center, a new website ( has been developed to directly link potential collaborators and innovators to the company. The goal is to make it easier for academia and potential strategic partners to connect with the staff in Stilwell, Kansas, and Iracemopolis, Brazil.

“With farmers utilizing better genetics, traits and crop protectants, we are well-positioned to develop specialized nutrient solutions that help farmers to realize the investment that comes in a seed or jug,” added Bartlett. “We believe that our future is to develop next generation, efficient and sustainable crop nutrition products and we’re well on our way.”

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