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Company Overview of Syngenta Seeds, Inc.

Company Overview

Syngenta Seeds, Inc. produces and markets corn, soybean, sorghum, and sunflower seeds. It also retails apparel, headwear, gifts, office products, and closeouts online. The company was formerly known as Novartis Seeds, Inc. and changed its name to Syngenta Seeds, Inc. in 2000. The company was founded in 1884 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Syngenta Seeds, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Syngenta Corporation.

11055 Wayzata Boulevard

Minnetonka, MN 55305-1526

United States

Founded in 1884

Phone:

612-656-8600

Fax:

763-593-7218

Key Executives for Syngenta Seeds, Inc.

President and Region Director for North America
Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta AG
Age: 54
Executive Officer and Head
Chief Technology Officer
Head of Marketing
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Syngenta Seeds, Inc. Key Developments

Syngenta Responds to Cargill Lawsuit

Syngenta responded to the lawsuit filed against Syngenta Seeds, Inc. in Louisiana state court by Cargill. Syngenta believes that the lawsuit is without merit and strongly upholds the right of growers to have access to approved new technologies that can increase both their productivity and their profitability. The Agrisure Viptera(R) trait (MIR162) was approved for cultivation in the U.S. in 2010. Syngenta commercialized the trait in full compliance with regulatory and legal requirements. Syngenta also obtained import approval from major corn importing countries. Syngenta has been fully transparent in commercializing the trait over the last four years. During this time Agrisure Viptera has demonstrated major benefits for growers, preventing significant yield and grain quality losses resulting from damage by a broad spectrum of lepidopteran pests.

Cargill Sues Syngenta Seeds over Lost Chinese Corn Sales

Cargill sued Syngenta Seeds blaming it for lost exports to China after the seed company sold genetically modified corn varieties that the Chinese haven't yet approved. Cargill is seeking damages from Syngenta Seeds, based nearby in Minnetonka, regarding Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera (MIR 162) biotech trait. It filed its lawsuit in Louisiana state court. Cargill did not specify the damages it was seeking, but cited an industry study estimating industrywide lost sales at $2.9 billion.

Syngenta Seeds Appoints Ponsi Trivisvavet as President

Syngenta has appointed Ponsi Trivisvavet as president of Syngenta Seeds. Prior to the promotion Trivisvavet was head of Syngenta's Southeast Asia territory, where she led agricultural business operations and managed the development of key crop solutions to help increase the productivity of corn, rice, specialty crops and vegetables.

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