In conjunction with Horticulture Australia Limited's (HAL) annual general meeting, HAL and Bayer announced that Bayer has become a C-Class Member of HAL.
Bayer is the first international company and technology provider to gain a membership of HAL based on it's investment in Australian horticultural research.
Jacqueline Applegate, Managing Director of Bayer CropScience New Zealand and Australia, said 'Bayer's membership with HAL underlines our long term commitment to the development and growth of Australian horticulture.
'Bayer has been a leading technology provider to Australian horticulture for more than 70 years, providing sustainable crop protection practices and advanced vegetable seeds.
'We are looking forward to deeper involvement in HAL's strategy and research and development processes to support Australian horticulture,' Jacqueline added.
John Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer of HAL, said, 'We welcome Bayer's membership as a global life science company. The future of Australian Horticulture will be through engaging with global horticulture to develop new markets and technologies for the industry.
'Bayer's membership will help promote discussions on new technologies and marketing concepts in horticulture to solve key issues facing Australian agriculture,' John added.
HAL invests around $100 million annually in programs designed to align with the strategic investment priorities of Australia's horticulture industry and the Australian Government's Rural Research and Development priorities.
HAL members and owners include 42 crop and industry groups covering over 70 different crop varieties. Together, through investing in research and development, they set the future direction of Australian horticulture.
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 represented in more than 120 countries.
Bayer and its employees contribute thousands of dollars annually to a variety of organisations including Mission Australia and Aussie Helpers. Mission Australia is a community service organization that assists thousands of disadvantaged Australians every year to help them get back on their feet. Aussie Helpers is a charity that helps fight poverty in rural communities across Australia.
The Bayer CropScience Australian head office is located in Melbourne. This and further news is available at: www.bayercropscience.com.au