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Syngenta Starts $30M Expansion of Seed Production Site

April 5, 2018

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Syngenta Starts $30M Expansion of Seed Production Site
Syngenta is expanding its corn trait research capabilities with an expansion project at an Idaho facility. Image courtesy of Flickr user the_webhamster

Seed supplier and agricultural chemicals producer Syngenta commenced construction this week on a $30 million expansion of its Nampa, ID seed production and research facility, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported Wednesday.

Following completion of the project in 2019, most of Syngenta Crop Protection’s efforts on North American corn traits will be conducted at the site under the Trait Conversion Accelerator, the newspaper’s coverage said.

“Put simply, the Trait Conversion Accelerator will enable Syngenta to more quickly, reliably, and efficiently deliver corn hybrids with its latest trait packages to the market,” Ciriaco Franks, site manager of the Nampa site, said in a report by WisconsinAgConnection.com.

The Swiss-owned firm said in documents filed with county officials that about $35 million will be invested in manufacturing technology and greenhouses for the site, the Press-Tribune said in a Dec. 2017 article. Canyon County gave the company a 50% property tax break from 2020 to 2025.

“This investment, which reinforces Syngenta’s commitment to a research and development presence in the region and the jobs located here, will result in state-of-the-art greenhouses and laboratories to help shorten product development life cycles,” said Franks.

Syngenta said it will continue to expand the resources of the Nampa site over the next half-decade, particularly in areas like product breeding.

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