Syngenta celebrates grand opening of Trait Conversion Accelerator

Syngenta’s new $30-million Trait Conversion Accelerator will help bring corn traits to market quicker. 

David Hollinrake, regional director for Syngenta Seeds North America, says the facility will shorten the product development life cycle.  “We can push the boundaries of the genetic potential and ensure we have the traits integrated properly,” he says.  “And ultimately bring it to market at least a year faster than before.”

He tells Brownfield Syngenta is committed to helping farmers maximize their return on investment – especially in a time when they are faced with significant economic challenges.  “As you think forward some of the innovations that will be enabled through gene editing will help farmers overcome some of these abiotic stresses,” he says. 

AUDIO: David Hollinrake, Syngenta

Kevin Ross, an Iowa farmer and first vice president of the National Corn Growers Association says the facility gives farmers more options when it comes to seed selection.  “If we can address an issue quicker down the line it could mean millions if not billions of dollars to the industry if we have a pest problem that can be addressed that much quicker,” he says.

AUDIO: Kevin Ross, NCGA

Nampa, Idaho was selected for several reasons – including the low-humidity and sunny environment along with the access to renewable energy resources. 

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