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Marrone biofungicide OK’d for Canadian cannabis

365体育投注Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., a Davis-based maker of sustainable bioprotection and plant health solutions, announced this week that its Regalia Maxx biofungicide received the first approval for indoor and outdoor use on cannabis and hemp in Canada.

Cannabis and hemp have been relatively small crops in Canada until lifestyle cannabis was approved in 2018. According to Health Canada, 77,800 acres of hemp were grown in 2018, valued at an estimated $50 million USD. And while 2019 acres are still being compiled, Canada Health has reported a 51% increase in licenses issued to grow hemp across Canada in 2019.

The majority of Canadian cannabis and hemp acres have been certified organic, as growers have been forced to meet strict standards of a highly regulated industry. There have been limited options to control diseases and insects and it is only recently that a few select crop protection products have been approved for use on hemp or cannabis.

“Obtaining the first approval for use on field hemp and cannabis is an exciting achievement for Marrone Bio and will benefit Canadian growers,” said Kevin Hammill, chief commercial officer of Marrone Bio Innovations. “Cannabis and hemp farmers will now have a new effective tool that will help manage difficult diseases, such as Botrytis and powdery mildew, that can significantly impact their yield and bottom line.”

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