Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bayer CropScience Renews Commitment to Agricultural and Science Education

Various programs reach students from grade school to post-graduate.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Bayer CropScience continues to grow its commitment to education with the addition of the new Graduate Recruiting and Development (GRAD) program to its national award-winning Making Science Make Sense® program and its annual support of FFA. The company now supports agricultural and science education for students from grade school through post-graduate.

“As a science- and research-based company, Bayer CropScience has a strong stake in helping to improve science education and to ensure that all individuals are scientifically literate,” says Bill Buckner, President and CEO of Bayer CropScience. “Every day we live Science for a Better Life to help growers worldwide meet the ever-increasing demand for food, feed, fiber and energy crops. Through our various education initiatives, Bayer CropScience works to inspire and train the next generation of scientists and agriculturalists.”

GRAD Program
Through the new GRAD program, Bayer CropScience supports two master’s students on their path to careers in the agricultural sciences. The GRAD program provides tuition assistance, as well as a research environment for the students’ theses. After successfully completing their program work and all degree requirements, each student in the GRAD program will be considered for placement in a full-time position with Bayer CropScience in the U.S.

The first GRAD class includes Clay Starkey, who is studying herbicide resistance at the University of Arkansas, and Adam Chyle who is researching a total portfolio approach to spring wheat production at North Dakota State University.

“Bayer CropScience is committed to helping sustain our nation’s farmers and food supply through education and innovation,” said Adrian Percy, vice president of development and 2 of 4 market support. “We believe students such as Adam and Clay can become a part of this mission through their experience with the GRAD program. The combination of internship and classroom education prepares them for a career contributing to the development of future crop innovations.”

Participants in the program were selected by a team of university and Bayer CropScience staff based on academic achievements, agricultural focus of studies, interest in pursuing a career in an agriculture-based research industry and willingness to commit to the work program.

Collaboration with universities is not new to Bayer CropScience. The company sponsors an endowed Sustainability Chair at North Carolina State University and an endowed professorship at Texas Tech University. Also at NC State, students have access to Bayer CropScience scholarships and internships.

Applications for the next GRAD class will be accepted later this year. For updates on the GRAD program and to be notified of open application periods, students should send an email to communications@bayercropscience.com.

FFA
In support of high school and undergraduate agricultural education, Bayer CropScience is a longstanding supporter of FFA with an annual sponsorship of more than $100,000. Bayer also hosts FFA national officer visits to the company’s offices in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and sponsors the National FFA Agronomy Career Development Event (CDE) competition, which awards scholarships to the top three individuals and the winning team members.

In April 2010, the Bayer CropScience North Iowa team donated a Polaris Ranger Rzr® to the Iowa FFA Foundation. At events throughout the year, including Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Iowa state FFA officers will sell raffle tickets for a chance to win the Rzr. The winner of the Rzr and the total amount raised for the Iowa FFA Foundation will be announced at the Iowa FFA state convention in April 2011.

“This type of support from Bayer CropScience demonstrates the company’s commitment to the future and sustainability of agriculture,” says Wayne Natress, Director, Iowa FFA Foundation. “The funds raised by the Rzr raffle will go toward the Iowa FFA Foundation’s leadership fund to help ensure ongoing and new initiatives that assist young persons as they prepare for careers and leadership roles in the agricultural industry.”

Making Science Make Sense
Designed to encourage more interest in the sciences among U.S. students, Making Science Make Sense is a company-wide initiative started more than 10 years ago to bring hands-on science experiments to schools. Bayer employees volunteer in schools in Raleigh, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Muskegon, Michigan and Institute, West Virginia.

“The GRAD Program, our annual support of FFA and Making Science Make Sense culminate into a comprehensive commitment to education that spans early science learning to career training,” says Buckner. “Together with Bayer’s initiatives in innovation and sustainability, this level of commitment to education will be key in the industry’s ability to feed a growing world population.”

Bayer CropScience is a company committed to bringing new technology to the forefront of crop production. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, growers should visit their retailer, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at www.bayercropscienceus.com.

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About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 6.5 billion (2009), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 18,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

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For more information, contact:

Dan Danford
AdFarm
Tel: (816) 218-2724
Email: dan.danford@adfarmonline.com

Beth Roden
External Communications Lead
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2030
Email: beth.roden@bayer.com

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