First plant biostimulant definition proposed in U.S. legislation

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In Washington, D.C., a draft of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill provides the first definition for plant biostimulants proposed by the United States government. The draft Farm Bill defines plant biostimulants 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.”

“This is the first definition of plant biostimulants in any proposed U.S. legislation and it is largely consistent with the definition currently under review within the European Union,” said Keith Jones, Executive Director of the Biological Products Industry Alliance.

“The inclusion of a definition for plant biostimulants in the Farm Bill represents a critical initial step in the legislative process that will ultimately support the development of new sustainable technologies for agriculture and U.S. farmers,” said David Beaudreau, Executive Director of the U.S. Biostimulant Coalition.”