Joe Strottman, Syngenta Seed Company, recently spoke with Nevada High School students. Strottman shared his career work as a plant geneticist developing varieties of soybeans to meet market demand.

Strottman earned his bachelor’s degree in horticulture at ISU and eventually joined the Syngenta company to develop soybean varieties. In addition to soybeans, Syngenta is an international company with research facilities developing new varieties of cereal grains, sunflowers, vegetables, corn and rice. Tissue micropropagation is used for sunflower cultivar development. Syngenta also experiments by planting on different continents, allowing the development of a variety within a shorter period of time; however, land rental in Hawaii is between $800,000 and $900,000 per acre. Strottman has become the business lead manager for Syngenta’s MINT (Material Identity Inventory Tracking). The $45 million dollar project will facilitate the organization of plant genetic characteristics and development of new varieties.

Syngenta operates in South America, Africa, Australia, Netherlands and several other countries.