Syngenta has announced they are making their 14-year partner a wholly-owned subsidiary. Ag Connections will help the company to accelerate the growth of digital solutions and provide growers with whole-farm management. The collaboration between the two companies will focus on providing farmers with decision-making tools, specifically with the farm management software AgriEdge Excelsior, which integrates products, services, risk management and technology. Their new relationship will provide more agility and speed, as well as direct access to resources.
“The past 14 years speak for themselves in terms of the level of commitment both Syngenta and Ag Connections have to meeting growers’ needs and providing them with tools for success,” said Dan Burdett, head of customer marketing at Syngenta. “We have a 96 percent grower retention rate with AgriEdge Excelsior. Now we are in an even better position to strengthen our digital agriculture offerings and serve more growers’ needs in an increasingly complex and competitive area of agriculture.”
While the acquisition allows for fully using the breadth of the Syngenta portfolio to meet the whole-farm needs of growers, it also brings both organizations closer together and enables accelerated innovation. It is business as usual for employees and customers. Ag Connections’ operations will continue in Kentucky, and there is no job loss as a result of this transaction. Ag Connections’ employees and systems remain separate from Syngenta. Most importantly, both the Ag Connections Privacy Pledge and the Syngenta Privacy Pledge remain intact, ensuring growers must authorize use of their data.
Pete Clark, co-owner and president of Ag Connections, said becoming a separate subsidiary of Syngenta simply means more support for driving the growth and innovation required to deliver on grower needs. “Ag Connections has built its reputation around protecting grower data,” Clark said. “We know Syngenta shares that principle and the policies we follow to be certain growers maintain control of their data. Our priority is to ensure growers have the information they need to make the best decisions possible for their farms.”
Syngenta and Ag Connections have signed and supported the American Farm Bureau Federation’s “Privacy and Security for Farm Data.”