On December 20, 2018, the US government signed into law the Agriculture Improvement Act, a historic milestone for farmers and the agriculture industry as it is the first bill to recognize the importance of biostimulants. With a bipartisan vote, the Agriculture Improvement Act was signed on December 20, 2018.
This bill introduced statutory language of plant biostimulants, the first US federal law to do so. By clearly defining plant biostimulants, the Agriculture Improvement Act has opened the door for companies like ours to better identify products, make specific claims, and create a clear pathway to the adoption of sustainable technologies.
Already widely used, biostimulants are now officially defined by the US government as, “a substance or micro-organism that, when applied to seeds, plants, or the rhizosphere stimulates natural processes to enhance or benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress, or crop quality and yield.” As leaders in the biological industry, we applaud this move to precisely define and recognize biostimulants. In doing so it recognizes our biological amendment line, whose products do exactly that.
Our trials and customers have shown, time and again biologicals work. Biofertilizers like our Promot MZM and Bioactivate Plus, are proven to encourage growth and increase nutrient availability to plants. Products such as SeedUp, Mycormax, and Rhizone revitalize soil as well as cut the cost of conventional fertilizer. Biological products are becoming increasingly popular among farmers for these reasons, in addition to their proven ability to enhance crop yields and quality.
We’re very excited for what this law means for the future of biologicals. This is a major step towards a more sustainable and profitable agriculture industry. For more information about our biologicals and the added benefits beyond those highlighted in the law, view our biological section.