Rising to the Top

Female voices are leading critical conversations about crop productivity and best management practices.
Special Section: Focus on Women Teresa McNeal, head of U.S. seeds customer marketing, Syngenta
Teresa McNeal, head of U.S. seeds customer marketing, Syngenta
The landscape of American agriculture is a kaleidoscope of colors interwoven on a canvas that stretches across the country. Like the crops they nurture, the people of our industry are a broad mix of varied experiences, yet they’re all working toward a common goal—to produce more food, fuel and fiber with greater efficiency and success.

At Syngenta, we understand that reaching this goal will require bringing the best minds and most practical problem-solvers to the table. But their physical presence alone isn’t enough. We also must create an environment where these thinkers and doers can freely exchange new ideas and different perspectives.

“Today, more female voices are not just contributing, but also leading critical conversations about crop productivity and best management practices.”

Teresa McNeal


Many of our customers and partners in the field are at the forefront of creating such an environment by encouraging diversity of thought from men—and women. Today, more female voices are not just contributing, but also leading critical conversations about crop productivity and best management practices. The mothers, wives and daughters who have always helped feed their families on the farm are now playing primary roles in feeding the world.

Syngenta proudly celebrates them through our sponsorship of the new television series “FarmHer on RFD-TV. This website will also introduce you to some of the women who are driving our industry forward by managing farms, building agribusinesses and mentoring the next generation of leaders. You’ll also learn about some of the complex issues on their land and in the marketplace that they, along with others, are working hard to resolve.

With a new year on the horizon, we can’t foresee all the challenges that you’ll encounter, but we can help you devise the most effective strategies to overcome them. The nearly $4 million that Syngenta invests in research and development every day will help deliver industry-leading seed, seed treatment and crop-applied technologies to you and the growers you serve.

Why bringing female voices to the conversation is critical to the future of #ag. @SyngentaUS #WomeninAg

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Admittedly, that’s only part of the solution. We also promise that we’ll continue using mutual respect and earned trust to fortify our relationship with you. After all, the Syngenta customer-first philosophy permeates everything we do and everything we are. From the products we develop to the people we employ, you deserve nothing less than our brightest and our best.


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About the Author
When Teresa McNeal started her career at a Syngenta legacy company more than 18 years ago, she was the only female sales representative in Illinois. She later became one of the first female Syngenta district managers in the U.S. Today, in addition to being head of U.S. seeds customer marketing, McNeal is a leader in the company’s diversity and inclusion initiative and mentor to several young talents in sales and marketing.