Novus prides itself on providing holistic solutions that help producers adapt to the ever-changing animal agriculture industry, including the shift toward reducing antibiotic use. In 2016, Project Horizon was launched by Novus North America. The project leverages Novus’s vast internal knowledge of animal health and invests in the research and development of new and current products and applications that maintain animal health and performance in antibiotic-free progarms. Customers and Novus technicians work hand-in-hand to find customized solutions to commit to the consumer’s demand for antibiotic reduction while also sustaining a profitable business with healthy, productive animals.
Novus uses a platform called Novus Forum platform to engage with customers, key opinion leaders and industry partners to further this discussion. These forums take place in the five Novus regions, as well as specific customer visits to global headquarters. These are important activities for Novus, as they help to calibrate the Company’s activities with stakeholder desires.
Novus partners with top agricultural universities around the world to offer outstanding students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge with a research internship at the Novus headquarters. The program has been available to Chinese students for over a decade, and in 2016, the program was expanded to include Nigeria. Nine students from China and three from Nigera will be joining the ranks of the Novus Graduate Scholars, many of whom have gone on to make cutting-edge discoveries in the industry.
Novus maintains an annual internship program for young professionals looking to enter the workforce. These individuals hold positions in various departments from research to finance, all receiving valuable insight into the agriculture industry and the animal nutrition business. In 2016, Novus hosted 23 interns from around the world in the headquarters office.
The Novus Africa team set out to assist young people and current small farm operators with developing their agriculture skills and building capacity for a more prosperous future. The Equity Equivalent Investment Program (EEIP) was created to serve each of these groups in a unique way, while serving to bolster the agriculture industry in Africa.
The student side of the program works to mentor and train students to increase their employability. EEIP focuses on heightening their core skills to prepare them for a future in agribusiness they can be proud of. The other side of the program works with farmers or suppliers (including women and small contract farmers) to create means for successful business expansion and offers invaluable advice and assistance.
Novus is a member of and holds leadership positions in several organizations and institutions in the agriculture sector focused around agriculture, health and nutrition, and the food industry. These collaborative groups include members from all aspects of each respective industry and bring accountability and organization across each sector. These groups include:
The Sustainability Consortium brings together multiple levels of the supply chain to ensure sustainability challenges are being met at all stages. It is important for Novus to be a part of such a holistic solution to animal agriculture sustainability, as the Company’s products have influence throughout the value chain. Individual companies can use the Consortium’s tools to evaluate the sustainability impacts of their own supply chains.
Though Novus’s primary focus is animal health and nutrition, the health and well-being of humans, our consumers, is equally important.