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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with George Seaver, vice president of Ocean Organics in Waldoboro, in her Washington, D.C., office. Ocean Organics processes a variety of cold-water North Atlantic seaweeds and uses the extracts for formulations for golf courses, agriculture, landscapes, and gardens.
“Biostimulants are a promising and fast-growing field of agriculture, helping farmers to improve the quality and yield of their crops in an environmentally friendly manner,” said Senator Collins. “George and Ocean Organics are committed to finding ways to strengthen this innovative industry, and I look forward to working together to ensure that it continues to have a bright future in Maine.”
Biostimulants can be derived from natural or biological sources such as seaweed extract. In October, Senators Collins and Angus King sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expressing their concern that EPA’s proposed draft guidance to classify certain biostimulants as a pesticide may conflict with ongoing efforts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to bring regulatory clarity to the biostimulants industry and their products.