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Syngenta acquires Ag Connections to integrate farming softwares

Published 19 October 2015

Swiss agribusiness Syngenta is acquiring US-based crop management software developer Ag Connections, in order to integrate whole-farm management technologies.

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Syngenta has been using Ag Connections farm management software for the past 14 years, as part of its AgriEdge Excelsior program.

The AgriEdge program provides products, services, and technology and risk management systems to farmers.

Syngenta head of customer marketing Dan Burdett said: "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.

"We have a 96% 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."

The acquisition will help Syngenta put its portfolio to full use in order to cater to the whole-farm needs of growers.

With the annexure of Ag Connections, the Swiss company said, it can offer farmers with better tools for decision-making.

Ag Connections will continue to function in Kentucky, and there are no layoffs resulting from this transaction. The employees and systems of both the companies will remain separate.

Earlier this year, the Swiss agribusiness rejected a takeover bid from Monsanto a second time. The US sustainable agriculture company made the offer at $2bn in reverse break-up fee to Syngenta. But the latter declined the offer over regulatory concerns of the potential deal.

Image: Syngenta acquires Ag Connections for whole-farm management solutions. Photo: Courtesy of pakorn/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.