Keith Carson is joined by Leah Berger Jenson to talk about the $1M Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge.

Tulane board member and philanthropist Phyllis Taylor discusses Tulane "dead zone" prize

"I am excited to see the investment that is being made in the development of innovative technologies that could possibly address nutrient challenges in the basin. We are in the 'golden age of agriculture' and we must have our best and brightest minds at the table to move us into the future."

Mike Strain DVM,
Louisiana Commissioner
of Agriculture & Forestry

"We are blessed in Iowa to have the opportunity to feed and clothe the people of this great nation while conserving our natural resources. Our farmers are aggressively working towards reducing the nutrients leaving our fields and to make sure they are completely utilized by our crops. The technology developed by nutrient prizes can be a tool to add to our environmental stewardship efforts."

Bill Northey, Iowa
Secretary of Agriculture


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Tulane University continues to tap into the genius of worldwide entrepreneurs, researchers and inventors by offering a new and expanded $1 million Grand Challenge. The Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge is seeking innovative in-field solutions that will reduce crop fertilizers and runoff, with the goal of combating hypoxia and global “Dead Zones” in the world’s lakes and oceans.

A Message from Phyllis Taylor

Phyllis Taylor

I am extremely pleased to announce the first of what I hope will be several Tulane Grand Challenge Prizes. In partnership with Tulane University, I have sponsored a $1 million prize to be awarded to the team or individual that achieves our goal of creating a significant and workable solution to hypoxia.

Our family's business was successful because innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit and risk-taking were at the heart of it. I have always believed that these same qualities are vital to solving critical social and environmental challenges. The grand challenge includes all of these principles. 

I believe a market-based solution which rewards innovation and risk taking has the potential to create a sustainable and significant new technology for addressing hypoxia. I am eager to work closely with Tulane during the course of our inaugural (and hopefully future) prizes to identify, reward and support this solution.

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