Organic farmers in the United States have a new tool in their organic farming toolkit now that the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) has listed Polysulphate Standard Grade for use in organic production in the USA.
Polysulphate: a natural fertilizer
Unlike blended or compound fertilizer, Polysulphate is a naturally occurring product - polyhalite. The mineral is mined, crushed, screened and bagged, involving no chemical separation or other industrial processes. In the soil it provides the perfect balance of important plant nutrients at the right time leading to robust crop growth in conventional and organic systems.
US organic sales and production on the increase
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in the results of their 2014 Organic Survey, over 14,000 certified and exempt organic farms in the United States sold a total of $5.5 billion in organic products in 2014, up 72% since 2008.
Additionally, the research reveals that the industry shows potential for growth in production. Almost 40% of organic farmers reported that they intend to increase organic production in the United States over the next five years. Moreover another 700 farms with no current organic production are in the process of transitioning into organic agriculture production.
Further recognition for Polysulphate as a resource
The US is the latest country to add Polysulphate to their list of acceptable products for use for organic farmers. In the UK, Italy, and Germany the organic standards regulatory authorities have already welcomed and approved Polysulphate for use in the production of a range of crops including fruit and vegetables.
At ICL Fertilizers, we are delighted at this news from OMRI and look forward to being able to supply more of the growing number of organic farmers in the US with our organic fertilizer, Polysulphate.