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BASF expands interactive services, Monsanto and Novozymes announce an alliance, and registration is open for North Dakota Reclamation Conference.

BASF to expand range of interactive services for the global agricultural community

This week BASF announced plans to expand its services and initiatives for growers and agricultural professionals worldwide. This double-digit million euro investment will drive the development of unique, integrated IT tools that will support growers to make agronomic decisions, manage their business operations, and better connect to the global agricultural community. The company plans to launch first integrated tools in key agricultural markets around the world by the end of 2014 with additional markets and tools to follow.

"The business of farming is increasingly complex and, at the same time, so interlinked that growers need more and more sophisticated technology to make precise, efficient decisions," said Markus Heldt, president of BASF's crop protection division. "This is a global strategic area for us, and we know that such services and initiatives make the difference for our customers."

With this investment, BASF will expand its open innovation approach by offering dynamic social networking capabilities for growers, researchers, and agricultural professionals. BASF will also launch new tools for field scouting and field documentation to support on-farm decision-making and reporting.

As part of this investment, BASF is establishing strategic partnerships with agricultural service and data providers, with particular focus areas in data management, predictive analytics, and information processing.

Monsanto and Novozymes announce alliance
Monsanto and Novozymes announced a long-term strategic alliance, The BioAg Alliance, to significantly boost research and commercialization of sustainable microbial solutions globally.
In bringing together Novozymes’ commercial BioAg operations and capabilities within microbial discovery, development and production with Monsanto’s microbial discovery, advanced biology, field testing and commercial capabilities, the companies are poised to deliver a new market-leading category of more effective microbial solutions for global broad-acre crops, fruit, and vegetables.

North Dakota Reclamation Conference
Registration for the second annual North Dakota Reclamation Conference is open. The conference will be held February 24-25, 2014, at the Astoria Hotel and Suites in Dickinson, North Dakota. Monday evening will consist of "Food and Frack" followed by “What is Successful Reclamation?” on Tuesday. Session topics include soil, water, and seeding. For more information, visit ndreclamation.com.

Sources: BASF, Monsanto, and NDSU Extension

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