Dow AgroSciences LLC, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, announced that it will host a group of influential Brazilian agricultural leaders in Indianapolis and Washington D.C., the week of June 13. The group will participate in meetings at the company’s research farm, Purdue University as well as Dow AgroSciences’ global headquarters before moving on to Washington D.C., where they will meet with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, local embassies, and various commodity, food chain, and biotechnology industry organizations.

“We are honored to host this group of influential Brazilian agricultural thought leaders,” said Tony Klemm, Global Business leader, Dow AgroSciences. “It is our hope that our meetings, focusing both on technology and policy, will highlight the global significance of agriculture, farming and weed control issues, as well as Dow AgroSciences’ role in helping to solve these challenges.”

The Brazilian group includes large commercial and family growers, influential weed scientists and researchers, university professors of agriculture, government representatives, commercial agriculture and chemical executives, as well as Brazilian commodity group representatives. All of the delegates have a specific interest in weed management and improving agricultural conditions for the growers of Brazil.

“It is an excellent opportunity to advance knowledge of technologies that will be essential for sustainable agricultural production,” said Edivaldo Vellini, PhD, CEO of FEPAF (a university research foundation) and director of UNESP-Botucatu (Sao Paulo State University), whose research lines are in weed control, weed resistance and spray technology as well as new weed science methodology.

Specifically, the Brazilian delegates and Dow AgroSciences management will discuss weed control challenges and review the Enlist Weed Control System, a new Dow AgroSciences technology currently undergoing regulatory review. Enlist will introduce a more effective combination of herbicides, traits in elite seed genetics and stewardship programs to meet the needs of today’s farmers globally. 

According to Klemm, Brazilian leaders are interested in current U.S. weed control challenges and new technologies that will enhance the economic and environmental benefits of Brazil’s current cropping systems.

“Across the world, weeds are adapting, becoming more difficult to control, resulting in a decline of herbicide performance and increased resistance in important global agricultural markets,” said Klemm. “By partnering with and improving on the current glyphosate-tolerant cropping system, the Enlist Weed Control System will address growers’ needs while enabling exceptional weed control.”