Syngenta Appoints President and CEO

Kelly Marshall

J. Erik Fyrwald has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta. Fyrwald is the current President and CEO of Univar.  He will succeed John Ramsay, who has been acting as interim CEO since November of 2015. “After a rigorous search, the Board concluded that Erik’s leadership and considerable experience in both agriculture and chemicals, along with his strong track record of …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Syngenta

China Company to Buy Syngenta

Cindy Zimmerman

*UPDATED with audio* Here’s some big news of the day. Syngenta announced today that ChemChina has offered to acquire the company for $43 billion. The Board of Directors of Syngenta considers that the proposed transaction respects the interests of all stakeholders and is unanimously recommending the offer to shareholders. There is committed financing for the deal and a strong commitment …

Agribusiness, Audio, International, Syngenta

Syngenta Crop Challenge Competition Unveiled

Taylor Truckey

The Syngenta Crop Challenge was unveiled this week at the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting; the competition encourages participants to develop a model that will aid farmers in predicting what they should plant next season to maximize yield. Data will be provided for weather, soil properties, and seed variety tests to develop the unique models. Farmers have to make the tough …

Contest, Syngenta

Role Model for Women in Agriculture

Kelly Marshall

Krista Lottinsville is the grand prize winner of Syngenta’s Drive to Thrive contest.  The contest asked growers to describe how agriculture drives their communities to thrive.  Lottinville won the challenge with her essay and video submission describing how agriculture nurtures the talents of young women with leadership skills and how it helped her grow professionally. “I love agriculture, and I …

Agribusiness, Contest, Syngenta, Women

Monsanto Drops Bid for Syngenta

Chuck Zimmerman

While I heard talk of a “done deal” due to the newest offer from Monsanto to Syngenta in a group of ag media folks this week, Syngenta wasn’t okay with it according to this announcement from Monsanto this morning. Monsanto says it is no longer pursuing the deal. While Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) continues to believe a combination with Syngenta …

Agribusiness, Monsanto, Syngenta

Future of Crop Science Institute Attracts Students

John Davis

Des Moines, Iowa, recently played host to 62 student delegates meeting for the inaugural Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Crop Science Institute. This news release from the group says this one of four AFA Leader Institutes, which connect passionate, talented college students from 25 universities from 21 different states to various sectors of the agriculture industry. “Career exploration is an …

AFA, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Crop Science, Dow AgroScience, Dupont, GROWMARK, Syngenta

Syngenta Rejects Monsanto’s Latest Approach

Chuck Zimmerman

I really haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to this issue and do not have any details beyond what has been released and publicly stated. But seeing this video just released by Syngenta featuring the Chairman of Syngenta’s Board of Directors, Michel Demaré, prompted me to share it. He outlines the company’s position on Monsanto’s recent approach, which was …

Agribusiness, Monsanto, Syngenta

Syngenta Enogen Supporting Ethanol & FFA

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s NASCAR race time with the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen. I’m on location at Iowa Speedway and the race is tonight. Right now we’re in a lull between practice sessions. I’m here courtesy of Syngenta Enogen and will be covering their events. One of this things is the effort Syngenta is doing with Iowa FFA members again this …

Ag Group, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Syngenta

Syngenta Rejects Monsanto Bid

Cindy Zimmerman

The board of directors for Syngenta last week rejected a bid to by the company from Monsanto. The proposal for $481 per share with approximately 45 percent in cash was considered by the Syngenta board to be undervalued. “Syngenta is the world leader in Crop Protection, the number three in Seeds and the first company to introduce integrated solutions for …

Agribusiness, Monsanto, Syngenta