BASF to develop new technologies for Australian growers at new research facility in New South Wales

Friday, 17 July 2015
  • The Hon. Barnaby Joyce launches BASF’s Australian AgSolution research farm
  • Capacity to conduct up to 100 trials: helps put technology in farmers’ hands faster and more reliably
  • Sustainability and productivity benefits for Australian agriculture

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L-R: Gavin Heard - Development & Regulatory Affairs - Crop Protection, Tony Moskal - Head of Agriculture - BASF Australia & New Zealand, Hon. Barnaby Joyce - Minister for Agriculture and the Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Ross Pilling - Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand.

Melbourne, Australia – July 17, 2015 – BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, today launched a new agricultural solutions research farm in Tamworth, New South Wales. Research at the farm will focus on developing a wide range of cropping solutions in representative Australian conditions, with the capacity to conduct over 100 trials at a time. The facility will enable Australian growers to more readily access cutting edge solutions across a range of economically valuable crops, to meet their future challenges.

Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce, officially opened BASF’s AgSolution farm, signifying the valuable contribution it will make to Australian agriculture by fostering research, innovation and education.

The farm will play an important role in the process of maximizing the performance of active ingredients for Australian growers before scaling up products to bring to market. It will complement research conducted in trials across Australia and globally. The future pipeline will build the breadth and depth of the portfolio on offer, including biological, nutrient and water management solutions.

Minister Joyce said, “The Tamworth region is an ideal location for the research, as it has climatic conditions and soil types representative of a wide range of strategically important agricultural production regions in Australia. The new BASF AgSolution farm in Tamworth brings with it a range of productivity benefits that will help Australian growers in the future.”

The new AgSolution farm is an integral part of BASF’s long-term ability to drive productivity benefits in Australian agriculture and build local knowledge in collaboration with key distributors, grower groups, technical experts and government organizations.

Tony Moskal, Head of Agriculture, BASF Australia and New Zealand, said, “BASF is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, with a long heritage of innovation. Within the Crop Protection division, we invest around 10% of our annual sales globally in research and development to help bring innovative solutions to the market. This helps enable growers to overcome challenges and at the same time build a stronger scientific knowledge base. By engaging with Australian farmers and listening to their specific needs, we’re now able to tailor our research programs to optimize product performance.”

In March 2014, BASF began directly distributing agricultural products in Australia, to be able to work more closely with growers to customize solutions that meet their key challenges.

The research facility is the seventh BASF AgSolution farm in the growing Asia Pacific region.

 

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About BASF’s Crop Protection division

With sales of more than €5.4 billion in 2014, BASF’s Crop Protection division provides innovative solutions in crop protection, seed treatment and biological control as well as innovations to manage nutrients and plant stress. Its portfolio also includes products for turf and ornamental plants, pest control and public health. BASF Crop Protection is a leading innovator that partners with growers to protect and enhance crop yields, enabling them to produce high quality food more efficiently. By delivering new technologies and know-how, BASF Crop Protection supports growers to make a better life for themselves, their families and communities. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com or on our social media channels.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of over €74 billion in 2014 and around 113,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.