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Company Overview of Syngenta Seeds, Inc.

Company Overview

Syngenta Seeds, Inc. produces and markets corn, soybean, sorghum, and sunflower seeds. It also retails apparel, headwear, gifts, office products, and closeouts online. The company was formerly known as Novartis Seeds, Inc. and changed its name to Syngenta Seeds, Inc. in 2000. The company was founded in 1884 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Syngenta Seeds, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Syngenta Corporation.

11055 Wayzata Boulevard

Minnetonka, MN 55305-1526

United States

Founded in 1884





Key Executives for Syngenta Seeds, Inc.

Chief Technology Officer
Head of US Sales
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Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

Syngenta Seeds, Inc. Key Developments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Files Complaint Against Syngenta for Farmworker Safety Violations on Kauai

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed a complaint alleging that Syngenta Seeds, LLC violated numerous federal pesticide regulations meant to protect agricultural workers at its crop research farm in Kekaha, Kauai. EPA is seeking civil penalties of over $4.8 million for the violations. On January 20, 2016, 19 workers entered a Syngenta field recently sprayed with a restricted use organophosphate insecticide. Ten of these workers were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Restricted use pesticides are not available to the general public because of their high toxicity, potential for harm and impact on the environment. Reducing pesticide exposure is a high priority, as it directly affects the health of farmworkers, said Alexis Strauss, EPAs Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. EPA is committed to enforcing the federal law that protects those who spend long hours in the fields. The company named in the complaint does business as Syngenta Hawaii, LLC. The EPA complaint states that Syngenta misused the pesticide Lorsban Advanced, and it failed in its duties to adequately implement the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Acts Worker Protection Standard. Specifically, EPA alleges that Syngenta failed to notify its workers to avoid fields recently treated with pesticides. The company then allowed or directed workers to enter the treated field before the required waiting period had passed, and without proper personal protective equipment. After the workers exposure, Syngenta failed to provide adequate decontamination supplies onsite and failed to provide prompt transportation for emergency medical attention. An inspector from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture was present at the Syngenta facility when the exposure incident occurred, prompting the States immediate investigation. In March, HDOA referred the matter to EPA for follow-up investigation and enforcement. In April, EPA inspectors conducted a series of inspections, which led to the complaint. The active ingredient in Lorsban Advanced is chlorpyrifos, which in small amounts may cause a runny nose, tears, sweating, or headache, nausea and dizziness. More serious exposures can cause vomiting, muscle twitching, tremors and weakness. Sometimes people develop diarrhea or blurred vision. In severe cases, exposure can lead to unconsciousness, loss of bladder and bowel control, convulsions, difficulty in breathing, and paralysis. Symptoms can appear within minutes and may last days or weeks.

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