Bayer CropScience discusses Agriculture in America in USA Today

Friday, November 30, 2012

Jim Blome, President & CEO, Bayer CropScience North America recently sat down withUSA Today for its special Agriculture in America section. Download a PDF of the feature here or pick up a copy of USA Today (insert only available in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, and Minneapolis):

In what ways do industry leaders look to connect with American farmers and ranchers?

It’s important for agriculture industry leaders to cultivate ideas and answers within our organizations and with our customers, communities and partners. We need to continue to understand the challenges farmers face and the need to work together up and down the food chain to find solutions to help them grow healthy crops and successful businesses. It’s important to create one-to-one touch points—from hosting growers at research headquarters, to meeting them in their fields, to engaging with them on social media—to fully understand what they need.

What led you to lead in the agricultural sector?

Having grown up on a family farm in Hubbard, Iowa, American agriculture runs through my veins. At an early age, I experienced the hard work and passion this community commits to meeting the demands of the world population. I am dedicated to the agricultural sector and the outdoors and am honored to lead one of the primary agribusinesses in America. The ag sector is setting the standard by continuing to bring new technologies and services in the areas of sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship and making a positive difference in the communities where we live, work and play. And our company is helping lead the way by offering innovative solutions to the business of farming.

What role can corporations play in the future of agriculture?

Companies in ag must continue to innovate new technologies to benefit food production, increase yields and overall improve the quality of life, balancing commercial success with environmental and societal needs. At the same time, we need to improve the understanding of the necessity for modern ag technology with the general public. With global population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, no single technology, strategy or intervention is the answer to feed a hungry planet; we need to use all the tools in the agriculture toolbox, including many yet to be developed. Partnerships and cooperation between growers, governments, academia, NGOs and all key parties is essential.

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