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Company expands its R&D site in Saskatoon

Seed and chemical company Dow AgroSciences announced the expansion of its existing research and development site in Saskatoon, to help further canola research for growers in Canada and the US.


April 17, 2008
By Dow AgroSciences

April 15, 2008

Indianapolis, IN and Saskatoon, SK –Dow AgroSciences LLC announced today the expansion of its R&D site based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.


The site expansion further builds capabilities of Dow AgroSciences' canola research by locating lab-based R&D activities at the existing R&D site located in Saskatoon.


"This expansion further demonstrates our commitment to the Dow AgroSciences' healthy oils platform and to canola growers in Canada and U.S.


After the expansion is completed, we will be in a better position to accelerate our program by consolidating all later stage canola R&D to one site and to continue to deliver innovative solutions to canola growers," said Daniel R.Kittle, Ph.D., global vice president of R&D for Dow AgroSciences LLC.


This R&D station is focused on developing innovative canola traits, leading hybrids and varieties. These advanced research efforts will build on the growing success of Omega-9 oils and Nexera* canola with development of improved oil profiles, enhanced meal and innovative agronomic traits.


"This significant investment in our canola research program again demonstrates our commitment to enhancing value from and increasing the competitiveness of canola" Jim Wispinski, President, Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. "It positions Saskatoon at the centre of our global canola research program and allows us to further capitalize on our research collaborations in Canada with institutes like the National Research Council, Plant Biotechnology Institute, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and universities. The increased investment in developing new value added products in and from canola will provide benefit canola growers, value chain partners and consumers alike."


The expansion project, which includes additional jobs and investment in buildings and new equipment, is underway and is expected to be completed in first quarter 2009. Project costs were not disclosed.