72 / SEEDWORLD.COM JUNE 2018 Seed and grain cleanerS for the world Crippen Northland Superior Supply Co. 8-851 Lagimodiere Blvd. Winnipeg, MB Ph: 204-925-6141 www.northlandsuperior.com Air Screen Cleaners Indented Cylinder Length Separator Gravity Separator Bayer, International Finance Corporation, Netafim and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, launched a global alliance, Better Life Farming, to provide holistic and innovative solutions for smallholder farmers in the developing world. Inocucor has acquired ATP Nutrition, a producer of science- based plant nutrients in Manitoba, Canada. Syngenta acquired Abbott & Cobb, a U.S.-owned independent breeder, producer and marketer of vegetable seeds. Combining the expertise, portfolios and pipelines of Abbott & Cobb, Syngenta will strengthen its seeds business in sweet corn. Nutrien Ltd. launched its newly branded retail business, Nutrien Ag Solutions. The name change applies to all offices and facilities in North and South America that hold the names: Crop Production Services, Agroservicios Pampeanos and Utilfertil. The official change takes effect July 1. Syngenta broke ground on a Trait Conversion Accelerator at its Nampa, Idaho, research and development and seed production facility. Construction of the $30-million site enhancement should be done in 2019. Phytelligence, an ag biotechnology company, partners with Mahyco Grow to provide Indian farmers with advanced technology in horticulture. Mustang Seeds opened its new headquarters. Construction began July of 2017 on a new 6,900-square- foot office building. Construction was completed January 2018 and consists of 16 offices and a large conference room. BioConsortia, Inc., has closed another round of equity financing to support its continued growth, research and product development. The $10 million round was led by Otter Capital and contributed to by Khosla Ventures. Barenbrug USA and Columbia Seeds align in a turfgrass marketing and production partnership. By synergizing Columbia Seed’s Value Direct Link production and distribution model with Barenbrug’s investment in research, product development and marketing, the companies will have a leading portfolio of grasses. CIS Semillas and Gro Alliance enter a joint venture to offer seed nursery services in Chile. CIS Alliance combines the expertise of CIS Semillas and Gro Alliance to create a leader in contract nursery solutions for row crops, cereals, oilseeds and vegetables. After piloting a program in Hawaii with Understory, Monsanto is now partnering with the company for on-the-ground insight into Argentina’s weather. PEOPLE NEWS Monsanto Company chairman and CEO Hugh Grant announced his intent to leave Monsanto at the closing of the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer AG. Bayer selected its new executive leadership team for the Crop Science division, which will go into effect at the closing of the Monsanto acquisition. The new executive leadership team will be led by Liam Condon. Cibus appoints Jim Hinrichs as chief financial officer. Most recently, Hinrichs served as the executive vice president and CFO of Alere, Inc. CIS Alliance hires Paulina Salas as lead breeder. Her experience in vegetable