Agribiz: Bayer CropScience opens R&D site in California

Bayer CropScience sees positive long-term market development in North America and is committing significant resources to spur the additional growth.

The company sees future growth driven by increasing and sustained demand from customers for improved seeds and innovative crop protection products.

Bayer CropScience seeks to better leverage its full research and development capabilities by consolidating and expanding its global research and development organization, including a new site in West Sacramento, Calif. which opened in early September.

The company says the integrated West Sacramento site represents a major step forward in efforts to enhance vegetable seeds and biological crop protection innovation efforts.

The investment in this state-of-the-art facility creates an environment where researchers and experts can find the best possible conditions to discover solutions that growers across the globe can depend on to produce high-quality food in a sustainable manner.

The West Sacramento site, which also serves as the global headquarters of Bayer CropScience’s Biologics Business, can house 300 employees.

The approximately $80 million facility is situated on 10 acres of land and features a 100,000-square-foot building and a 35,000-square-foot pilot plant to support research and development of biological crop protection products.

It also has a 30,000-square-foot vegetable seeds research building. The facility will also include a 2,000-square-foot greenhouse and five acres of nearby land for future greenhouse space.

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