SIOUX FALLS, SD, Jan. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GroGenesis, Inc. (OTCQB:GROG) (the "Company"), a global sustainable pioneer in agriculture technology and sustainable agriculture, announced today that the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Organic Program has determined that the Company's flagship product, AgraBurstPRO™, complies with Chapter 16-160 WAC and USDA organic regulations. The WSDA Organic Program is accredited as a certification agent by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a certification agent of the USDA National Organic Program, the WSDA Organic Program inspects, certifies and monitors organic operations and verifies that all requirements of USDA organic standards are met. AgraBurstPRO™ is now included on the WSDA website and is classified as a Crop Production Aid input and, as such, is approved for use in certified organic crop production. AgraBurstPRO™ is listed under WSDA #2963.
Certified organic producers, handlers, and processors must use substances which comply with USDA organic regulations. Manufacturers, like GroGenesis, register their materials with organic programs to provide agritech solutions to organic growers. The WSDA Organic Program evaluates products for use in organic production, processing and handling under the National Organic Program (NOP) to ensure compliance. The NOP ensures the integrity of the organic label by regulating all products certified to USDA organic standards. In order to sell, label, or represent their products as organic, operators must follow all of the specifications set out by the USDA organic regulations.
Mr. Sam Schaefer-Joel, Input Material Coordinator for WSDA, said, "The WSDA Organic Program performs a detailed review of each applying product to ensure that the product and all ingredients meet the USDA Organic Regulations."
Mr. Richard Kamolvathin, CEO and Chief Science Officer GroGenesis, stated, “We have all worked very hard with WSDA and our exclusive blender, UAS of America, to achieve this milestone. We thank our shareholders for their patience and support. The approval of AgraBurstPRO™ by the WSDA Organic Program provides GroGenesis with the appropriate compliance to gain market share with existing organic farmers, as well as attract conventional farmers seeking to supply the demand for premium non-GMO and organic crops.”
“WSDA is the premium standard for organic inputs and organic food processing. GroGenesis is proud to have WSDA validate that AgraBurstPRO™ meets the rigorous requirements necessary to be approved under the WSDA Organic Program. With the approval of AgraBurstPRO™, by WSDA, multiple opportunities such as private label, retail, and other products that include AgraBurstPRO™ as an ingredient become more realistic."
Mr. Kamolvathin concluded, “GroGenesis’ mission is to reduce the amount of chemical inputs used to produce food and become a leader in assisting farmers’ transition to non-GMO and organic food production. With proven crop protocols field tested by our distributors in a number of countries and climates, GroGenesis has established the foundation for becoming a rapidly growing agricultural enterprise to address the global demand of organic farming practices. Significantly for 2018, we look forward to providing the highest quality organic product to the hyper growth sector of non-GMO and organic food production.”
About Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Program
The WSDA Organic Program, a USDA-accredited certifier, upholds the integrity of the organic label through certification and inspection of organic crop and livestock producers, processors, handlers and retailers. The highly regarded WSDA Organic Program has become a respected certifying agent of the USDA known for establishing rigorous criteria for classifying materials used in certified organic crop production. WSDA Website: https://agr.wa.gov
AgraBurstPRO™ is a revolutionary, proprietary, organic, non-GMO, broad spectrum nano-surfactant agriculture input which enhances the ability of the plant to more efficiently access applied and available nutrients, resulting in less fertilizer required, improving drought tolerance and increasing crop yields. By optimizing the plant's uptake of applied pest and weed controls and fertilizers, food producers can minimize other input costs, reduce the health risk to workers and produce healthy food for farmers' families and consumers. The product improves the natural health of all plants -- including crops, trees, vegetables and grasses -- by dramatically stimulating the nutrient and water uptake in plants. The solution is a plant-based extract which is organic, non-toxic, carcinogen-free, biodegradable and safe for use in all soil conditions. Its application amplifies the plant's natural capacity to absorb nutrients through its own foliage while augmenting root development and soil uptake. AgraBurstPRO™ facilitates the rapid nutrient transport at the cellular level, resulting in improved photosynthesis and increased absorption of the primary keys to growth: water, sugars, and minerals. AgraBurstPRO™ is formulated for organic and non-GMO producers and those food growers seeking to convert to non-GMO and organic food production.
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About GroGenesis, Inc.
GroGenesis, Inc., headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a sustainable agriculture technology services enterprise offering food producers a non-toxic proprietary, all-natural, non-GMO nano-surfactant which enhances soil and crop health and reduces the health risk to farm workers due to its non-toxic properties. GroGenesis' flagship product, AgraBurstPRO™, is a non-toxic, concentrated agricultural input solution which enhances the ability of the plant to more efficiently use the added nutrients incorporated in fertilizers, resulting in less fertilizer required. The application of AgraBurstPRO™ can begin the process of improving the health of the soil while minimizing the use of conventional chemical agricultural inputs. AgraBurstPRO™ also provides turf maintenance companies servicing homeowners, resorts, parks and golf courses with an organic input to improve the health and appearance of lawns and landscapes. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.GroGenesis.com.
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Contact: GroGenesis, Inc. (605) 836-3100 firstname.lastname@example.org _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Three distinct target markets for AgraBurstPRO Organic-certified
The most obvious market for AgraBurstPRO is the rapidly growing organic food industry. From 2005 to 2014, the organic sector grew from less than $14 Billion to $35 Billion. The U.S. organic industry continued its steady growth in 2016, with food sales increasing 8.4 percent to $43 billion. Considering that total food sales increased only 0.6 percent, the preponderance of the growth is in the organic sector. According to the Organic Trade Association in its 2016 Organic Industry Survey, organic food now accounts for 5.3 percent of all food sales in the US--alot of room to grow as consumer demand for organic food accelerates. Global sales of organic food totaled approximately $90 Billion in 2016 vs. $80 Billion in 2015.
Farmers who are already Organic-certified have an economic interest in maintaining that certification and, if possible, increasing their crop yields. By incorporating AgraBurstPRO in their organic protocols, farmers can realize higher incomes from the improved yields (Yield increases in field tests in Colombia, Cuba and Bangladesh have recorded increases in production from 15% to 40%). Field tests are currently being conducted in two states in the US for soybean and corn.
Conventional Farmers Considering Transitioning to Organic
This significant market includes farmers already committed to converting from conventional (chemical) farming to organic farming. But there also is an increasing interest from conventional farmers in adopting organic methods, but not willing to accept any decrease in yield. There is a growing number of conventional farmers that would abandon chemical inputs IF they could afford the 3-5 year transition time necessary to get their land "Organic--Certified". It takes years of NOT using chemicals to get to the point that a soil sample does not register any chemical residue--a requisite for Organic certification.
To date, this transition period was economically challenging because yields typically declined and the higher expected premium organic produce prices were not realized until after certification. With AgraBurstPRO, farmers converting to organic can "afford" to complete the process because of the higher yields . As noted previously, field tests have recorded yield increases ranging from 15% on coffee to over 40% on rice.
Conventional farmers who want to continue using their current protocols always are driven to maximize their crop yields. The fact that AgraBurstPRO is organic AND increases crop yields substantially is a plus for these farmers. Although they do not care to become Organic-Certified, using a non-chemical input reduces the toxic work conditions inherent with andling chemical inputs.
Additional Non-food Markets
As a broad spectrum agricultural input, AgraBurstPRO is effective with any plant. Non-food crops that have been, or are currently, in field tests with AgraBurstPRO are flowers, cannabis, tobacco, turf, ornamental trees, coffee, cacao, palm (palm oil), corn, mangoes, banana, lawn/turf (golf courses, lawns and sports arenas) and pasture grasses.