AUDIO: Pam Marrone, Founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations
Farmers have used pesticides and other inputs to help crops grow for years but what if there was another way, an “all natural” way? Pam Marrone is founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations out of California.
The company takes natural chemicals in plants to increase growth in specialty crops like fruits, nuts and vegetables. But they’re heading towards corn and soybeans.
“We see our product can provide value and a return on investment,” Marrone says. They’ve measured their product Regalia RX when applied with a normal fungicide program on corn, soybeans and wheat.
“In corn, we can get a 7 bpa increase over the tradition program and in soybeans, 3 bpa so we’re offering the grower, in times of low commodity prices, a good return on investment,” Marrone says.
The company has been around for 11 years but recently joined the corn and soybean market. Marrone attended the Farmer2Farmer conference in Omaha, Nebraska last Thursday and Friday.