- MustGrow has received The State of Oregon Agriculture approval to commence sales of TerraSanteTM, an organic biofertility product, in Oregon State.
- MustGrow’s recently-awarded organic compliance certification from the USDA National Organic Program (OMRI Listed®) will apply to this Registration.
- Mustard-derived TerraSanteTM focuses on soil microbiome health, nutrient/water use efficiencies, and plant yields.
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Canada, February 6, 2024 – MustGrow Biologics Corp. (TSXV:MGRO) (OTC:MGROF) (FRA:0C0) (the “Company” or “MustGrow”) is pleased to announce receipt of The State of Oregon Agriculture Fertilizer Registration Certificate for its mustard plant-based TerraSanteTM, an organic biofertility product. TerraSanteTM’s recently-awarded organic compliance certification from the USDA National Organic Program (OMRI Listed®) will apply to TerraSanteTM product sales in Oregon State.
TerraSanteTM product sales may now commence in Oregon State, with a sales and marketing commercialization strategy already underway with BioAg Product Strategies for the 2024 planting season. In addition to Oregon State and recently-awarded Washington State, further state-level registrations are progressing in other key U.S. states.
In 2021, Oregon State recorded $5.0 billion USD in agriculture production on 16 million acres of farmland and contributed $2.6 billion USD in agriculture exports.(1) Agriculture plays a critical role in the state’s economy, generating 13% of the state’s gross product and $30 billion USD in wages.(1) Oregon farmers grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, wine-making grapes, cherries, pears, and apples. Oregon farmers are regarded for their innovative commitment to sustainable agriculture with a rising trend toward organic and sustainable farming practices.(2) MustGrow believes its organic TerraSanteTM product will position Oregon farmers to meet increasing demand for organic, local, and healthy produce.
The MustGrow organic biofertility product will complement the Company’s existing biocontrol programs in preplant soil fumigation, postharvest food preservation, and bioherbicide, which are currently under development with four global partners: Bayer, Sumitomo Corporation, Janssen PMP, and NexusBioAg. These four partnered programs continue to achieve performance milestones and expand globally in scope and investment.
TerraSanteTM for Soil and Ecological Health
MustGrow’s soil amendment and biofertility development programs focus on soil microbiome health, nutrient and water use efficiencies, and plant yields. Soil is a farmer’s most valuable asset, and MustGrow’s mustard plant-based technologies are being developed with the intention to improve not only the health of the soil, but also the surrounding ecological environment.
As an organic biofertilizer in soluble mixable form, TerraSanteTM contains nutritious plant proteins and carbohydrates that feed soil microbes, potentially improving beneficial microbial activity and ensuring long-term sustainable soil health. These targeted micro-communities have been shown to work to improve nutrient availability, which can potentially increase plant vigor and yields, while reducing plant stress. TerraSanteTM has the potential to improve crop nutrient uptake and, hence, overall crop performance. There are no artificial additives or preservatives used during its manufacturing.
To learn more about TerraSanteTM, visit www.mustgrow.ca.
MustGrow is an agriculture biotech company developing organic biocontrol and biofertility products by harnessing the natural defense mechanism and organic materials of the mustard plant to sustainably protect the global food supply and help farmers feed the world. MustGrow and its leading global partners — Bayer, Janssen PMP (pharmaceutical division of Johnson & Johnson), Sumitomo Corporation, and Univar Solutions’ NexusBioAg — are developing mustard-based organic solutions for applications in biocontrol to potentially replace harmful synthetic chemicals in preplant soil treatment and weed control, to postharvest disease control and food preservation. Bayer has a commercial agreement to develop and commercialize MustGrow’s biocontrol soil applications in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Concurrently, with new formulations derived from food-grade mustard, the Company is pursuing the adoption and use of its first registered and OMRI Listed® product, TerraSanteTM, in key U.S. states. Over 150 independent tests have been completed, validating MustGrow’s safe and effective approach to crop and food protection and yield enhancements. Pending regulatory approval, MustGrow’s patented liquid technologies could be applied through injection, standard drip or spray equipment, improving functionality and performance features. MustGrow has approximately 51.5 million basic common shares issued and outstanding and 54.2 million shares fully diluted. For further details, please visit www.mustgrow.ca.
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