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Syngenta acquires Ag Connections to enhance whole-farm management for growers

10.16.15

  • Preserves Ag Connections’ performance and agility while strengthening long-term relationships and opportunities
  • Enables proven digital solutions to expand and scale up
  • Maintains existing data privacy and protection policies
GREENSBORO, N.C., USA – After a 14-year relationship, Syngenta is making Ag Connections a wholly-owned subsidiary to accelerate growth of digital solutions and enhance whole-farm management.
 
Ag Connections provides farm management software solutions and works extensively with Syngenta on its AgriEdge Excelsior® program, which integrates products, services, risk management and technology for growers.
 
The collaboration between Syngenta and Ag Connections remains focused on providing growers better tools within their farming operations to empower confident decision-making. This stronger link will enable more agility and speed in decision-making, and direct access to resources needed to scale up and meet grower needs.
 
“The past 14 years speak for themselves in terms of the level of commitment both Syngenta and Ag Connections have to meeting growers’ needs and providing them with tools for success,” said Dan Burdett, head of customer marketing at Syngenta. “We have a 96 percent grower retention rate with AgriEdge Excelsior. Now we are in an even better position to strengthen our digital agriculture offerings and serve more growers’ needs in an increasingly complex and competitive area of agriculture.”
 
While the acquisition allows for fully using the breadth of the Syngenta portfolio to meet the whole-farm needs of growers, it also brings both organizations closer together and enables accelerated innovation. It is business as usual for employees and customers. Ag Connections’ operations will continue in Kentucky, and there is no job loss as a result of this transaction. Ag Connections’ employees and systems remain separate from Syngenta. Most importantly, both the Ag Connections Privacy Pledge and the Syngenta Privacy Pledge remain intact, ensuring growers must authorize use of their data. 
 
Pete Clark, co-owner and president of Ag Connections, said becoming a separate subsidiary of Syngenta simply means more support for driving the growth and innovation required to deliver on grower needs. “Ag Connections has built its reputation around protecting grower data,” Clark said. “We know Syngenta shares that principle and the policies we follow to be certain growers maintain control of their data. Our priority is to ensure growers have the information they need to make the best decisions possible for their farms.” 
 
Both Syngenta and Ag Connections signed and support the Agriculture Technology Providers “Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data” of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
 
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About Syngenta
Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more visit www.syngenta.com and www.goodgrowthplan.com. Follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/Syngenta and www.twitter.com/SyngentaUS.
 
About Ag Connections
Ag Connections develops and continuously updates crop management software solutions that make clients’ lives easier and their farms more efficient and compliant. Experienced crop management specialists help farmers get these systems up and running with a mix of on-site training, web-based training, video tutorials, and friendly, knowledgeable phone support.
 
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Paul Minehart
202-737-8913
Paul.Minehart@syngenta.com
 
Stephanie D. Moore
919-870-5718
smoore@gscommunications.com
 
 
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