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Bob Larson Biological Crop Protection Pt2
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Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: August 03, 2018

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I’m Bob Larson. Biological products are quickly becoming a greater player in the world of agriculture. Keith Jones is the executive director of the Biological Products Industry Alliance, a Washington D.C.-based trade association focused on the promotion of bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants.

Jones says don’t blink or you might miss all the changes that are coming rapidly …

JONES … “We are definitely a fast-growing industry and there’s a couple of drivers. There’s really two main drivers: one is consumer demand. More people care what’s on their food, what’s on their lawn, what are they feeding to their children, what are they feeding to their pets? That’s a huge driver. And then regulatory pressures. A lot of the traditional chemistries are going away for a variety of reasons.”

But, Jones says we’re kind of playing catch-up here in the U.S. …

JONES … “Really, all you have to do is look to Europe. Europe is about five years ahead of us with all this. And, all of the activity you’re seeing that’s going on in Europe with consumer demand, with regulatory pressure, that is all coming across the pond to the U.S. and that’s where we’re headed. We believe in biological products. We don’t claim that they’re a silver bullet. We believe in integrated pest management, IPM. We believe they can be very effective when used in collaboration with traditional chemistries, but we definitely believe that biological products are the future.”

Jones says while biocontrols have been around for more than 50 years, the market has experienced its most significant period of growth over the past five years. Go to BPIA dot org to learn more.

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