With precision agriculture becoming more mainstream, its apparent that farmers are looking to every means possible to increase production and gain an edge. Micro-Nutrients may be one of those missing pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaining that edge. Micro-Nutrient companies are on the rise in the U.S. and are starting to show signs of growth here in Canada as well. The only obstacle to that growth is the Canadian regulatory system which can be a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to companies like micro-nutrient providers. The cost of efficacy testing and the time it takes to test add cost to products and slow the availability of those products to the Canadian consumer. While the process does exist to protect consumers from false claims and harmful products, in the case of legitimate and harmless products, it acts as a stumbling block to the Canadian marketplace giving us a smaller offering of more expensive products.
There were a number of micro-nutrient companies at the 2011 Farm Forum Event. One of those companies is Stoller Enterprises Ltd. I spoke with Gary Bauman of Stoller about their products, the growth of the industry and some of the stumbling blocks they face as they attempt to grow here in Canada.
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