BASF has announced the opening of its new Center for Sustainable Agriculture with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The center is designed to provide visitors information and experiences covering a broad range of topics, from technology and innovation driving agriculture’s productivity to how healthy homes and communities are not much different than a farmer’s field.
The ceremony featured information and tours for attendees, which included farmers, agriculture industry stakeholders, elected officials, community partners, members of the media and BASF executives. Guests had an opportunity to engage with the center’s interactive exhibits and tour the newly renovated gardens that include more than 100 species of plants, trees and shrubs.
The center’s interactive exhibits highlight BASF’s initiatives in the areas of sustainability and biodiversity; food, fuel and fiber; agricultural technology; and pest control. The center is also home to a garden featuring many plant varieties that benefit from the application and use of BASF’s sustainable agriculture products.
Paul Rea, senior vice president, BASF Agricultural Solutions North America, said, “Farming is the biggest job on Earth and it’s getting bigger and more complex. Farmers are working to reduce their impact on the planet with an eye on leaving things better for the next generation. The center showcases technologies and solutions that find the right balance—for farmers, agriculture and future generations, while making tremendous strides to increase productivity and resiliency in an ever-changing world.”
Chip Shilling, Issues Management and Sustainability manager, BASF Agricultural Solutions North America, said, “From those who make their living in agriculture to those who’ve never stepped foot on a farm, there’s something for everyone to learn and to share at the new center. This is a place where there’s something of interest for everyone ages 8 to 88.”
Rea added, “The world is putting more pressure on our farmers, and they’re not getting as much support as they need to meet the demands and the challenges they face on a daily basis. The Center for Sustainable Agriculture demonstrates that we’re at the forefront of providing farmers with some much-needed support. It also will help us to amplify their voices within and outside of our agricultural food system.”