Isagro USA Focuses on Bio-Solutions

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Crop Protection, Organic

Isagro USA, Inc. is taking this year to focusing on a bio-solutions portfolio for growers looking for bio-based and organic food production solutions. In 2006 the company purchased select products, and then followed a distribution agreement in 2013 for select tetraconazole and copper-based products. Now they’re building on this success by bringing products to the bio-friendly crop protection and nutrition products. “Building … Read More

Inocucor’s Biological Crop Input is Certified Organic

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, biologicals, environment, Organic

Inocucor Technologies‘ biological crop input, Synergro, has been granted organic certification for use in Canada. The approval means the product is in compliance with Canadian Organic Standards and the USDA’s National Organic Program. It is one of the first microbial crop inputs to be registered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Synergro can be used on high-value produce like strawberries, tomatoes, … Read More

BioFlora Offers Organic Nutrient Balance

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Nitrogen, Nutrient Management, Organic

The USDA reports that total organic acreage is increasing at a rate of 15 percent each year.   As consumer demand for organic food increases, so does the demand for products growers can use in their fields. “Farmers today face a quandary,” said Stephen P. Pavich, senior plant nutritionist at BioFlora®. “They recognize their responsibility as stewards of their lands to … Read More

MAJESTENE Provides Nematode Control for Potato Growers

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Organic, Pesticides, pollinators, Potato

Brian Ahrens, Vice President of Sales for Marrone Bio Innovations, attended the 2016 Potato Expo and shared a little with Chuck Zimmerman about their newest product offering. MAJESTENE is a bio nematicide registered by the EPA just this fall. It is a safe, new alternative for potato growers to control nematodes in the soil. Ahrens explains that MAJESTENE has been … Read More

Biochar Markets Grow Globally

Taylor TruckeyAgribusiness, agronomy, Nutrient Management, Organic, Plant Science, Soil

Global biochar markets are expected to reach $5.88 billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The importance of increasing agricultural productivity and crop yield is expected to augment market growth over the next seven years. The rise of biochar consumption in agriculture is owed to its ability to improve soil conditions and nutrient availability … Read More

Organic Trade Association Has Presence At World Fair

Taylor TruckeyFood, Organic

The Organic Trade Association was well represented during it’s panel in Milan at the World Expo. The four women leading the “Women Leading the Organic Way” session represented more than 70 years of food activism which tied in nicely with the theme of the USA Pavilion; “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the World.” The American pavilion showcased the U.S. … Read More

More Growers Needed to Meet Specialty Food Demand

Taylor TruckeyFood, Organic, Research

According to a new report, “Beyond Organic: The Revolution in Consumer Food Expectations,” specialty foods are here to stay. The report looked at consumer preferences and purchase habits of specialty foods including gluten free and ethically produced (non-GMO, antibiotic, hormone free, etc.). According to co-author Peter Walter, consumers are particularly committed to certain types of specialty, or organic foods. For … Read More

OTA Targets Opportunities with State Ag Directors

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Organic

Organic Trade Association (OTA) is encouraging the  National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) to look at opening their doors to more choice and opportunity in the agriculture system– including the organic option.  “This is a great time for farms of all sizes to look at how organic might fit into their operation,” Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha said. … Read More

Organic Alfalfa Seed Coating to Protect Against Disease

John DavisAgribusiness, Organic, USDA

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have found that a natural seed coating that protects alfalfa against some soilborne diseases. This article from the agency says the coating offers an organic alternative to the fungicidal treatment mefenoxam, which is ineffective against the pathogen causing Aphanomyces root rot (ARR), common to Midwestern soils. Demand for organic alfalfa for organic … Read More

AgMag Fertilizer Approved for Organic Farming

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Fertilizer, Organic

Innovative Surface Solutions has a new option for farmers striving to meet the demand for organic crops.  Ag, Mag has become the first magnesium chloride-based fertilizer approved for organic farming in North America.  Magnesium chloride has been shown to improve quality and yields for crops including corn, wheat and small grains, soybeans, and potatoes. “The demand for organic foods continues to … Read More