Harmonization, Industry Growth Guide EBIC in the New Year

Giuseppe Natale, president of the European Biostimulant Industry Council
Giuseppe Natale, President of the European Biostimulant Industry Council

The European biostimulants industry has been working since 2011 to obtain a single European market for its products. Draft legislation has been under discussion by the European Parliament since March 2016. While we hope to see some aspects of the legislation improved before it is finalized, an aggregated European market could be a reality within a few years, despite some political surprises this year.
The British vote to leave the European Union (EU) shook our assumptions about the future. While Brexit has not had a direct effect on the timetable for our draft legislation, it has changed the conditions under which we are negotiating.
Despite all this internal upheaval, the European Biostimulant Industry Council’s (EBIC) members remain focused on securing harmonization in our home market as a base for global growth.
Despite EBIC’s regional focus, we have always been mindful of the need to have a global perspective. All EBIC’s members, even those with fewer than 10 employees, sell their products in numerous countries around the world. Similar conditions for doing business around the world make it easier for the industry to operate across borders and to cooperate with counterparts in other countries. In addition to trade, more and more biostimulants companies are building factories or buying subsidiaries in other markets.
The impetus for a global outlook has grown since specialized biostimulants companies have been joined by the multinational majors.
Some international convergence can be achieved by the industry itself through best practices and standardization of terminology, procedures, and analytical methods. Many of the issues related to reputation, credibility, and raising awareness among growers and consumers are similar everywhere. Rather than reinventing the wheel, the industry in one part of the world could take inspiration from what has already been done elsewhere. That does not mean applying a cookie-cutter approach. Adaptation to local specificities will always be important, but that can happen within a similar framework.
Another part of the convergence requires the cooperation of regulators. While each market will always have its own political specificities, the early stage of biostimulants regulation means that it should be possible to achieve significant harmonization.
Beyond making it easier for industry to operate, a global mindset is important because the major challenges facing agriculture today are themselves global. A growing population with a growing appetite, climate change, urbanization of the population, and increasing water stress are among the issues that cannot be solved with siloed thinking. While farmers are facing more challenging working conditions, consumers are becoming more demanding about how their food and other agricultural products are grown. Biostimulants have an essential role in helping to improve the efficiency of agriculture and reducing unwanted impacts at the same time they improve crop quality and yields.
This new stage in the globalization of the biostimulants industry is symbolized by the fact that the Third World Biostimulants Congress will be held in Miami on November 27th-30th after the first two editions were held in Europe. The rate at which the Congress has grown reflects an extraordinary explosion in the scientific interest in biostimulants and their effects on crops. •

Natale is President of the European Biostimulant Industry Council and CEO of Valagro SpA.

Topics: ,

Leave a Reply


Corn Field

Biostimulants: Crop Input or Management Mindset?

At the end of November 2017, about 1,200 researchers, regulators, and business representatives gathered in Miami, Florida for the 3rd


10 Things to Look for When Purchasing Biostimulants

According to the European Commission, biostimulants are a “substance or micro-organism whose function when applied to plants or the rhizosphere


Sigma Agriscience Acquires Agricultural Solutions Company AM-AG

Sigma Agriscience, a manufacturer of granular biofertilizers and biostimulants, has acquired a controlling interest in AM-AG, an international marketer and


Seaweed Extracts: What Makes Them Work?

In many coastal regions, raw seaweed has been used for millennia to improve the productivity of farming systems. Then, in


Biostimulant Growth Prompts Need for Intellectual Property Rights

Biostimulants are one of the bright spots in agriculture today holding the key to improved efficiency, increased yield and greater

Africa/Middle East

Koppert Broadens its Activities in Africa

Leading biocontrol producer, Koppert Biological Systems, has extended its presence in Africa by opening a new subsidiary in the West


Valagro Launches Biostimulant in Brazil

After being launched in Spain, Egypt, Mexico and Italy, RETROSAL is being officially presented to the Brazilian market.


Biostimulants: European Parliament Supports Innovation, Promotion of Single Market

The European Biostimulants Industry Council (EBIC) welcomes the adoption of the report of the EU Fertilizing product regulation by the

Africa/Middle East

U.S. Growers Cautiously Optimistic About Biostimulants

Long-awaited regulatory guidelines along with growing research will help promote wider use.


Italpollina Creates New Brand Identity

The renovation and development projects of Italpollina, an italian company and a wordwide leader in the production of fertilizers and

day 2 trade summit

Micronutrients: Three Questions with BRANDT’s Brian Haschmeyer

BRANDT’s Brian Haschmeyer, Director of Discovery and Innovation, talks micronutrients.


Bayer, SICIT 2000 Sign Distribution Agreement on Biostimulants

Bayer and SICIT 2000 S.p.A., Arzignano (Vicenza), Italy, the world’s largest producer of biostimulants based on amino acids and peptides for agriculture, have signed an exclusive distribution agreement.


Cutting Edge Conferences: Meister Media to Host Precision Agriculture and Biocontrols Events

Biological control products and precision agriculture are among the fastest growing and most promising areas of growth for the crop

Africa/Middle East

Looking to Next Year: Announcing the 2018 AgriBusiness Global Trade Summit

The AgriBusiness Global Trade Summit is only one day old, but we’re already thinking about next year. For 11 years,


Valagro Reaches Agreement with Syngenta to Supply Biostimulants for Seed Treatment

Valagro, a leader in the production and marketing of biostimulants and specialty nutrients, has signed an agreement with Syngenta, a


DuPont Pioneer, Evogene Form Research Collaboration for Development of Corn Biostimulant Products

DuPont Pioneer and Evogene Ltd., a leading company for the improvement of crop productivity and economics for the food, feed


Italpollina Obtains ECOCERT Certification for its Biostimulants

Italpollina, an Italian company and leader in the production of organic fertilizers, biostimulants and beneficial microbials, has obtained the ECOCERT


Valagro Officially Opens Production Plant in Brazil

Valagro, a leader in the production and marketing of biostimulants and specialty nutrients, has officially inaugurated the Pirassununga plant, in


Arysta LifeScience Launches Two New Products for UK and Irish Markets

Arysta LifeScience, a global agricultural crop protection and life sciences company, has introduced new BioStimulant and seed treatment products for

Latest News


Nufarm Revenue Rises on North America Strength

The company is forecasting earnings growth for the full year.


Monsanto, AgriMetis Enter Global Licensing Agreement

The agreement includes an exclusive global license from AgriMetis to Monsanto for agricultural research in row, vegetable, and other crops for a three-year period.


Bayer-Monsanto Deal Wins EU Approval

Commission concluded that the divestment package enables a suitable buyer to sustainably replace Bayer's competitive effect in these markets and continue to innovate, for the benefit of European farmers and consumers.


Where Is Chinese Agchem Manufacturing Headed and How Should You Manage the Risks?

Exclusive insight from CS Liew, Managing Director of Pacific Agriscience Pte Ltd., Singapore


Monsanto Enters Gene Editing R&D Collaboration

Monsanto would contribute $100 million to access and develop Pairwise IP in row crop applications.