Dow AgroSciences Grower Agreements Can Be Signed Online
Dow AgroSciences now uses DocuSign, an on-demand electronic signature solution, to securely transact grower contracts online.
April 16, 2010
Dow AgroSciences LLC now uses DocuSign, an on-demand electronic signature solution, to securely transact grower contracts online. Using DocuSign’s Application Programming Interface (API), DocuSign is seamlessly integrated within Dow AgroSciences’ Trait Stewardship Web portal. Growers can now quickly and conveniently complete and sign the Trait Stewardship Grower Agreement digitally using DocuSign e-signature technology. Dow AgroSciences has successfully reduced the average turnaround of grower contracts from days to minutes by employing DocuSign.
“It is clear that DocuSign positively impacts our Grower Agreement compliance activities and will also provide value in other departments — legal, marketing programs, and customer service,” says Aimee Zahora, U.S. seeds & traits business manager for Dow AgroSciences. “We are excited about DocuSign’s ease of use and the efficiencies gained through e-signing. DocuSign is the right solution at the right time for the long-term at Dow AgroSciences.”
While launching the high-yielding and award-winning SmartStax corn hybrids, Dow AgroSciences investigated eSignature technology to enhance contract compliance. After viewing a demonstration, Dow AgroSciences was convinced that DocuSign was the right choice.
“DocuSign has saved Dow AgroSciences considerable administrative time, energy, and resources,” says Doug Hoberty, OneSource manager for Dow AgroSciences. “Our seed retailers no longer have to wait on a cumbersome paper process to obtain a license number for their growers and invoice the seed and traits. And, our growers can execute their agreements quickly and securely.”
Working with DocuSign Professional Services, Dow AgroSciences used DocuSign’s Connect API to quickly integrate DocuSign electronic signature technology within the Trait Stewardship portal and Dow AgroSciences’ grower database, managed by a third-party vendor. The portal is dedicated to promoting awareness of and training on stewardship requirements for seed containing Herculex Insect Protection, SmartStax technology, and Wide Strike Insect Protection. Growers are required to sign a formal agreement to ensure regulatory requirements are met during the purchasing, planting, and exporting of crops grown with one of Dow AgroSciences’ traits.