Precision Ag News 4/27

Carrie Muehling

  • Bayer announced that the company is pursuing an agreement whereby Ginkgo Bioworks will acquire Bayer’s West Sacramento Biologics Research & Development site and internal discovery and lead optimization platform. The contemplated transaction, projected to close before the end of 2022 pending final negotiation of the agreement terms and subject to regulatory approvals, would also bring Joyn Bio’s nitrogen-fixing technologies to Bayer, successfully closing the joint venture created between Leaps by Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks in 2017.
  • The new ASTA Leadership Summit is coming this June in Indianapolis. In designing this program, the ASTA Board of Directors and staff have focused on developing the professional skills and educational needs to further the future leaders of our seed industry.
  • Registration is open for Tech Hub LIVE in Indianapolis July 20-21, 2022.
  • AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting returns to a fully in-person experience this summer, and registration is now open. The Mid-Year Meeting, set for June 13-16 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, connects the companies, organizations, and professionals that are actively working to bring seamless digital connectivity to the agriculture industry.
  • The annual Water for Food Research Forum serves as a culmination of yearly activities from DWFI’s Student Support Award Program and showcases students’ innovative work in water and food security. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required and space is limited. The Research Forum is scheduled for May 3, 2022 from 1-6 p.m. at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Deere & Company has formed a joint venture with GUSS Automation, LLC, in Kingsburg, California. GUSS (Global Unmanned Spray System) is a pioneer in semi-autonomous orchard and vineyard sprayers.
  • The Milpa First Acre program is a multi-partner collaboration designed to showcase the value of crop diversity in soil health and the health of the planet, all while giving back to local communities. The expanded program seeks to enroll hundreds of farmers across the United States in growing a milpa garden, based on the Maya tradition of the milpa production cycle. The expanded initiative in Spring 2022 is done in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Syngenta Seeds, the Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim and RegeNErate Nebraska.
  • The National Soybean Nematode Conference (NSNC) will be held December 14-16, 2022, in Savannah, Georgia. The world’s premier event for soybean nematode research will take place at The DeSoto Hotel.
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