"Right to Grow" Renewed and Enhanced

Program boosts grain marketing support for Agrisure Duracade in 2015.

Syngenta has renewed and enhanced its program with Gavilon Grain, LLC, to provide grain marketing opportunities for U.S. farmers who plant Agrisure Duracade™ in 2015. Agrisure Duracade is the cutting-edge corn rootworm (CRW) control technology from Syngenta that is approved in the U.S.

The "Right to Grow" program offers qualifying farmers a per-unit stewardship premium for each bag of Agrisure Duracade corn planted in 2015. In addition, farmers will receive consultative services through Gavilon to help them appropriately steward and market their 2015 Agrisure Duracade grain at harvest through an extensive network of accepting destinations.

"In 2014, we set out to demonstrate that the supply chain is capable of expanding beyond the basic commodity model in marketing U.S. grains," says Jim Anderson, chief operating officer at Gavilon. "We are succeeding and plan to grow our network of accepting locations."

Gavilon will help connect qualifying growers with accepting elevators, feedlots, feed mills and other appropriate destinations. Also, designated Gavilon locations will accept grain containing Agrisure Duracade in 2015. However, farmers are not required to sell their grain to Gavilon. Many growers also have the option of on-farm feeding.

"Growers need access to technology and markets, and Syngenta's stewardship of Agrisure Duracade for two growing seasons allows that to happen," says Chip Bowling, first vice president and incoming president of the National Corn Growers Association. "We worked with Syngenta, Gavilon and growers in 2014 when the 'Right to Grow' program first launched; and we will continue to monitor, educate and preserve the integrity of the U.S. corn industry through the 2015 program and growing season."

Agrisure Duracade is the next-generation CRW trait from Syngenta that offers two trait stack options for above- and below-ground insect control. It features the industry's first hybrid Bt protein and is only available stacked with a second corn rootworm mode of action for technology preservation.

"Based on the success of our current 'Right to Grow' program, we are improving it to give Agrisure Duracade growers even more marketing support in 2015," says Chuck Lee, Syngenta head of corn. "Growers with CRW pressure need this technology, and we want to make sure they have access to it, along with many options for marketing their grain."