23 June 2023, US: Corteva Agriscience announced today that Utrisha™ N, the microbe-based nitrogen fixation product also branded as BlueN™ in some markets, has been verified as a USDA Process Verified Program (PVP) by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The USDA Process Verified shield assures farmers that the USDA validated quality management systems and specific process points Corteva established to indicate the quality of Utrisha N, which is also branded as BlueN™ in some markets. Utrisha N/BlueN is the first biostimulant to be included in the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Process Verified Program.
“Corteva sought the USDA PVP to elevate farmer and industry expectations for biostimulant knowledge and transparency. Programs such as the USDA PVP provide innovative tools for building farmer confidence in our biostimulants,” said Frederic Beudot, General Manager, Biologicals Business, Corteva Agriscience.
“We are committed to being a leader in the biologicals market and providing farmers with sustainable solutions that bring value and productivity to their operations.”
Symborg, a Corteva Agriscience Business and expert in microbiological technologies, manufactures and packages Utrisha N; Corteva distributes the product globally.
To receive the verification, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service conducted a rigorous audit of Corteva’s adherence to the exacting International Organization for Standardization 9000 Quality Management Standards. It also audited criteria set by Corteva. The robust standards encompass Symborg production and manufacturing at its facilities in Spain, as well as efficacy in fields in the United States.
Specific points USDA verified include:
- Confirming the bacteria in the package is the same as the Methylobacterium symbioticum strain SB23 claimed on the label.
- Confirming the quantity of bacteria claimed on the label.
- Confirming the presence of contaminant bacteria and heavy metal contaminants are below limits established by USDA.
- Confirming the bacteria can colonize the plant and provide its intended benefit.
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