Dow AgroSciences LLC continues to expand its seed production and healthy food oil offerings.
The company plans to expand its Mycogen Seed processing plant located in York, NE. The site expansion will enhance capabilities to meet the growing demand for seed corn in North America.
The expansion project — expected to be operational by mid-August — will increase the company’s seed drying and storage capacity by approximately 50 percent at the York site to allow additional production in the region. In addition, the project will include additional automation that will increase efficiencies and productivity. This is the first of several seed expansion projects planned by Dow AgroSciences during the next five years.
Dow AgroSciences also is collaborating with Martek Biosciences Corp. to jointly develop and commercialize a canola seed that produces the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Under the terms of the agreement, Martek and Dow AgroSciences will co-develop the canola seed, which will produce a DHA-rich canola oil that will be part of Dow AgroSciences’ “next generation” of food industry oils. The intent of the collaboration is to develop a DHA-rich canola oil which would strengthen Martek’s position as a leading producer and marketer of DHA-enriched oils and powders and complement Dow AgroSciences’ current Omega-9 Oils platform which is being widely adopted by the food industry to remove trans fat and reduce saturated fat in food products. Dow AgroSciences and Martek anticipate a multi-year effort to produce this new healthy oil, which when commercialized will be marketed to the food industry.
There is a large and growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that people of all ages, from infants to aging adults, benefit from an adequate supply of DHA omega-3 in the diet. Americans have among the lowest dietary intakes of DHA omega-3 in the world.