a group shot of the American delegation outside of the Syngenta Seed Care facility in Stein, Switzerland.
o Order of the group photo from left to right: Grant Ozipko (Syngenta Global Head of Diverse Field Crop Portfolio and Portfolio Strategy), Duane Grant (Chairman of the Board, Amalgamated Sugar Co.), Jeff Pomeroy (Syngenta Diverse Field Crops Crop Portfolio Head, North America), Kelly Erickson (President, ASGA), John Snyder (Vice President, ASGA) and Luther Markwart (Executive Vice President, ASGA)
U.S. sugarbeet delegation explores biotech development overseas
· Syngenta and ASGA officials visit Russia to determine viability of biotech sugarbeet research and development
· Industry leaders discuss the future of biotech sugarbeets in Europe
· Sugarbeet research in Russia could have long-term, positive impacts on industry
MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, October 31, 2013 – To advance the global sugarbeet industry, representatives from the grower-supportedAmerican Sugarbeet Growers Association (ASGA) and Syngenta met with industry leaders during a weeklong trip to the UK, Switzerland, Sweden and Russia. The recent trip helped solidify relationships with Russia and further the acceptance of biotechnology by other producing nations. This development could benefit consumers and growers around the globe.
During their visit, the group met with representatives from British Sugar to discuss the state of the industry in the EU. They also toured Syngenta facilities in Sweden and Switzerland, and met with Syngenta leadership and researchers to discuss future innovations for the sugarbeet industry across all geographies. At the Syngenta sugarbeet breeding and biotechnology facilities in Landskrona, Sweden, researchers showcased the process of genetic modification and the effectiveness of CruiserMaxx® Sugarbeets insecticide/fungicide seed treatment combination of separately registered products in protecting against early season pests and improving crop stands.
“The day served as a great opportunity for the grower leaders to see the entire hybrid development process and they were impressed with the efforts Syngenta devotes to sugarbeet breeding,” Jeff Pomeroy, sugarbeet crop portfolio head at Syngenta, said. “Of particular interest was the size and breadth of the seed collection, novel approaches to seed quality and the professionalism and dedication of the staff.”
The Russian sugar industry representatives also met with the visiting U.S. group to discuss the current state of the sugarbeet industry in Russia and Europe, and what lies ahead. The group included representatives from British Sugar, Agroholdings (Russia), Union of Sugar Manufacturers and the Association of Sugar Producers of Countries of the Customs Union.
“The Russian sugarbeet industry showed a lot of interest in using biotechnology and other crop solutions we employ in North America,” Pomeroy said. “They realize that Russia has the potential to greatly improve their sugarbeet production.”