Syngenta build seeds R&D innovation center in Illinois, US

Syngenta to build seeds R&D innovation center in Illinois, US

11:04 AM, 30th June 2020
Syngenta will build a new seeds R&D innovation and customer experience center in US. The center will help it improve engagement with growers on corn & soybean technology and innovation. (Representative Image/File Photo)

DOWNERS GROVE, US: Syngenta said it plans to build a new R&D innovation and customer experience center in the heart of the US corn belt.Construction on the Northern Illinois site is expected to begin early next year with the site scheduled to open by the end of 2022.The 90-acre site will be located in Malta, Illinois, DeKalb County, about one hour west of Syngenta’s global and North America Seeds offices in Downers Grove. The site was selected for its location, soil type and accessibility, and will provide facilities for large-scale events and engagement with growers on corn & soybean technology and innovation.

“This new site will enable us to accelerate our innovation in seeds R&D while strengthening our focus on delivering new capabilities through investments in breeding and digital technologies,” said Trevor Hohls, global head seeds development.The new site will also spotlight how Syngenta is transforming product development through on-farm collaboration with growers.“I’m really excited about this strategic investment and how it will bring us even closer to the center of the US seeds market, as well as providing access to world-leading agriculture and digital talent in the Midwest,” said Justin Wolfe, regional director, seeds, North America.This investment builds on Syngenta’s continued commitment to seeds R&D in the US, it said.

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