Bayer CropScience Hosts Third Sustainability in Agriculture: A Bayer Executive Course

Bayer CropScience Hosts Third Sustainability in Agriculture: A Bayer Executive

Crop Protection Company Teams with NC State University to Promote
Collaboration on Responsible Agricultural Processes

With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural
sustainability has become a pressing issue for researchers at Bayer
CropScience. In order to promote collaboration on responsible agricultural
processes, for a third year, the crop science company teamed with NC State
University's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Poole College of
Management for Sustainability in Agriculture: A Bayer Executive Course. The
three-day event, held in January at The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, N.C.,
focused on developing thought leadership in sustainable agriculture, and
featured guest speakers from highly-respected private and academic
agricultural institutions.

Executives from agricultural corporations around the country, as well as
growers and agricultural association members, were invited to learn about the
latest trends in resource availability, environmental regulation and climate
change currently affecting North American and global agriculture. The course
also emphasized collaboration between these executives and top academic minds
on the development of business models that embrace sustainable agriculture and
promote safe and healthy ways to ensure that the food needs of a growing world
population are consistently met. Topics of discussion included "Global Drivers
for Agricultural Sustainability," "Innovation and Technology in Agriculture,"
"The Corporate Value of Sustainability," "Building Partnerships/Driving
Business and Sustainability," and more.

"This is our third year presenting this course with NC State, and the
discussion resulting from this course is promising for the future of
agriculture," said Brian Hrudka, food chain manager for Bayer CropScience.
"Sustainability in Agriculture: A Bayer Executive Course has allowed for the
development of important conversations on agriculture, technology and business
best practices that will drive farming's future and create agricultural
solutions that will resonate on a global scale."

Executives from Walmart, MillerCoors, Land O' Lakes, and Cotton Inc., among
others, were able to gain insight from public and private agriculture
professionals, including NC State professors. Each panel and informational
session was designed to equip attendees with the tools necessary to address
sustainability in cooperation with scientists, researchers and professors for
generations to come.

"Encouraging a strong relationship between the brightest business and academic
minds is absolutely imperative to increasing agricultural productivity in a
sustainable manner," said Dr. Tom Rufty, professor of crop science at NC
State. "Through our collaboration with Bayer CropScience, we are able to work
with executives to help each other become more responsible stewards of our
resources through public discourse and technological innovation. The Bayer
executive course is making great headway in providing a forum to discuss
sustainable solutions to the world's food supply concerns."

A video on Sustainability In Agriculture: A Bayer Executive Course, is
available at To listen to a podcast with Dr. Tom
Rufty, NC State professor of crop science, visit To
listen to a podcast on the event with Dr. David Tarpy, associate professor of
entomology and extension apiculturist at NC State, visit

Related Resources:

  *Related Blog on Bayer Connect
  *Dr. Tom Rufty – Podcast
  *Dr. David Tarpy – Podcast
  *Sustainability: A Bayer Executive Course Video

For more information on Bayer CropScience, visit or check out the newly launched Bayer
CropScience social media hub,

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is
celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission "Bayer: Science
For A Better Life". Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible
for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012)
and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the
areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company
offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative
crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as
well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In
the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad
portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to
forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is
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