Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., an international leader in sustainable bioprotection and plant health solutions, has announced that two of its biofungicide products — Stargus and Regalia — have been approved by the U.S. EPA for indoor and outdoor use on hemp plants.
Stargus and Regalia improve hemp plant quality and yield, as well as treat and protect hemp plants from a range of diseases, including powdery mildew, Botrytis bud rot, Sclerotinia white mold, Fusarium rots and wilts and other fungal and bacterial diseases. This is the first time that the EPA has approved crop protection products on hemp since the crop became legal to grow under the 2018 Farm Bill.
“With more than $1.1 billion in revenues in 2018, the hemp market is projected to more than double by 2022,” said Dr. Pamela Marrone, CEO and Founder of Marrone Bio Innovations. “This is an exciting opportunity for Marrone Bio to extend our business into a rapidly growing market, which will only continue to grow as the acres continue to expand. With Stargus and Regalia now approved at the federal level for hemp, we are well positioned to grow alongside this burgeoning market.”
Chemical pesticides dominate today’s $60 billion global pesticides market, but the fastest-growing category of crop inputs is biologicals. When integrated into crop production and pest management programs, biologicals – including Stargus and Regalia – can offer higher-quality crops and better yields. Both products are applicable for organic farming as well.