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Bayer CropScience Opens $12M Agriculture Center

Bayer CropScience has opened its $12 million SeedGrowth Equipment Innovation Center, which aims to advance sustainable agriculture.

The 135,000-square-foot facility on 11 acres of land in Shakopee, Minnesota, focuses on the equipment design and manufacturing business and promotes research and development on seed treatment products, seed coatings, equipment and services.

Planners worked with county conservationists to develop a native seed mix to plant in the no-mow areas that make up 85 percent of the outdoor area. In addition, contractors installed drip irrigation in place of standard lawn sprinklers to save water. Bayer CropScience also planted a pollinator seed mix around the facility to assist local beekeepers whose bees forage throughout the Shakopee area.

The center is part Bayer CropScience’s plan to invest close to $1 billion in capital expenditures in the US between 2013 and 2016.

In 2013, Bayer CropScience launched a sustainable cotton program, e3, that the company says provides stringent guidelines for US farmers who grow its Certified FiberMax or Stoneville cotton.



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