Agromin Compost Receives OMRI Approval
- Monday, June 9, 2008 at
May 21, 2008--Agromin has learned its compost complies with the strict requirements of the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). Agromin is one of only five companies in the country that produces plant-only compost products approved by the non-profit organization. OMRI-listed products may be used in certified organic production or food processing according to the USDA National Organic Program.
"OMRI approves the products used to grow or produce organic foods," explains Bill Camarillo, Agromin CFO. "With the OMRI stamp of approval, farmers who grow organic products can use our 'Compost 100' in their fields as part of their effort to comply with USDA organic standards. As more and more farmers go organic, the OMRI certification opens up new customer channels for us."
Agromin, the green materials recycler for 19 cities in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties, produces soil amendments, bark and mulches from the more than 250,000 tons of green materials it collects each year from city residents and businesses.
The company has partnered with agricultural operations including Limoneira Company and Newhall Land to distribute its compost on farm acreage. "Farm water usage is down across the board because compost holds in moisture," says Camarillo. "The need for pesticides and herbicides is also reduced as the compost keeps away bugs and reduces weed growth. Trees and plants are healthier and the quality of the produce and vegetables have improved."
Agromin soil products are also certified by the U.S. Composting Council (USCC). The certification means Agromin has met the USCC standards for compost content and its soil products are clean and safe. Agromin is also a member of the California Climate Action Registry. By joining the registry, Agromin agrees to voluntarily track and report its greenhouse gas emissions.
For information about OMRI, go to www.omri.org.