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39° North - World's Premier Ag Tech District (St. Louis)

St. Louis’ 39 North District is Rapidly Emerging as a World Leader in Academic and Corporate AgTech Research and Innovation.

The highest concentration of plant science PhD’s in the world, more than 750, call St. Louis home.

Highly skilled experts contribute to world-class research institutions including the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden and academic institutions including Washington University, Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri St. Louis.

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This area isn't exactly in the 39° North District, but it illustrates St. Louis' growth, prowess and importance in the agriculture sector.

The Waterways Journal: ST. LOUIS: AMERICA’S AG COAST

By David Murray
October 16, 2017

A stretch of the Mississippi River in and near St. Louis, Mo., has become America’s center of gravity for grain-handling for transit and export. It is so dense with grain- and fertilizer-handling facilities that can handle all transportation modes—truck, rail and barge—that it is being called “America’s Agriculture Coast” or “Ag Coast.”

The St. Louis region’s central position was well documented in a recent report by the Corps of Engineers. Comparing the Port of Metropolitan St. Louis, a 70-mile system that includes nearby regional ports, the Corps ranked St. Louis regional ports as the most efficient inland port district in terms of tons moved per river mile during 2015, the most recent year for which final numbers were available.

The St. Louis region’s barge industry handled 500,000 tons per mile. Its closest competitors, the Port of Huntington-Tri-State in West Virginia and Ports of Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky, ranked second and third respectively, moving more than 200,000 tons per river mile, making the St. Louis region 2-1/2 times more efficient with its river usage than its closest competitors.

To put it another way, the St. Louis region’s ports and river terminals captured one-third of all freight traffic along the section of the Mississippi River from Minneapolis, Minn., to the Ohio River near Cairo, Ill. The 70-mile St. Louis regional port system represents 8 percent of this 855-mile section of the river, yet carried one-third of the total 2015 freight. Its mix of grain-handling and logistics assets on the Mississippi River is now so concentrated that it has no real rivals in the U.S.; its only peer competitors are a few other regions elsewhere in the globe, in Brazil and the Black Sea coast.

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After an exhaustive competition, Brazilian firm's North American HQs will head to 39° North District in St. Louis.





Article #1: Brazilian Sugarcane firm picks St. Louis over RTP for North American research HQ (05/02/18)

One of the world’s largest sugarcane technology firms has picked St. Louis over the Triangle for its North American research headquarters.

Brazil-based ag-tech Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC) had seriously considered Research Triangle Park, but announced its final pick Wednesday.

“After visiting multiple sites, our encounter with St. Louis was the perfect environment to attract talent, and access unique infrastructures and transformation expertise for our bold start in the U.S.,” stated Diego Henrique Souza Ferres, head of research and development. “CTC Genomics will advance techniques to develop sugar cane and accelerate development and yield gains over time.”

Initially, the company said it will employ 10 to 15 people.


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Article #2: Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira, the world’s largest sugarcane technology company headquartered in São Paulo, will locate its North American research headquarters in St Louis (05/03/18)

CTC Genomics will focus on developing new platforms for sugarcane which will allow substantial quality and productivity gains. The company plans to initially employ 10-15 people in its BRDG Park location enabling them to access some of the Danforth Center’s state-of-the-art facilities including the Center’s Transformation Facility.

“After visiting multiple sites, our encounter with St. Louis was the perfect environment to attract talent, and access unique infrastructures and transformation expertise for our bold start in the U.S.,” said Diego Henrique Souza Ferres, Head of R&D. “CTC Genomics will advance techniques to develop sugar cane and accelerate development and yield gains over time.”

“The region’s strength in agriculture research and development, deep talent pool and access to critical research infrastructure enabled us to win this very competitive selection competition,” said Sam Fiorello, Danforth Center COO & BRDG Park president.

According to company officials, St. Louis has created a thriving agtech startup ecosystem through a combination of home grown startups and companies that chose to relocate here from around the globe. Several organizations worked together on the recruitment effort including GlobalSTL, BioSTL’s international company recruitment arm.

“St. Louis has a world-class constellation of plant science assets that is perfectly matched for what CTC needs to transform sugarcane, one of the most complex crops to develop. CTC leaders made a wise choice of placing their bet on St. Louis to help them make sugarcane a competitive and valuable crop for farmers and consumers,” said Vijay Chauhan, GlobalSTL lead.
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Officials sign development deal with France's agtech hub
By Steph Kukuljan – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal
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The agreement between GlobalSTL and AgrOnov could make France the next big exporter of agricultural and food technology companies to St. Louis.


Vijay Chauhan, GlobalSTL Lead, signs the memorandum of understanding with AgrOnov President Pierre Guez on May 28, 2018, in Dijon, France.
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GlobalSTL Formalizes Business Development Agreement with French AgTech Accelerator

New Partnership to Help Businesses Access U.S. and French Agriculture Markets

ST. LOUIS – A Memorandum of Understanding formalizes a new business relationship focused on AgTech and FoodTech between St. Louis and Dijon, France through GlobalSTL, the international company attraction initiative of BioSTL, and AgrOnov, a leading accelerator of agricultural innovation in France.

The international partnership connects the St. Louis and Burgundy regions’ AgTech ecosystems at both the private and public sector levels by providing an open door for French AgTech and FoodTech companies to enter the U.S. market via St. Louis, and for St. Louis-based AgTech and FoodTech companies to access the French market.
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OFFICE SLIDESHOW Rabo AgriFinance New U.S. Headquarters in Chesterfield.

Netherlands-based Rabobank Group has its agribusiness unit based in St. Louis.

More than 220 employees work for Rabo in St. Louis, nearly doubling the company’s headcount of five years ago. The company, which had $7.37 billion in loan assets under management as of September 2015, has 51 field offices across the United States.

Rabo AgriFinance, Inc. provides financial services for agricultural producers and agribusiness in the United States. The company offers financial services including loans, crop insurance, and risk management products through a nationwide network of relationship managers, crop insurance, and risk management specialists.

Relocating from California to St. Louis, it is one of world's largest agribusiness banks.













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Actual LIVING billboards of Kale, Collard Greens and Chard are growing along the highways St. Louis.

Now that Bayer has moved into the St. Louis region with the purchase of behemoth, Monsanto, Bayer is making strong inroads into the St. Louis region - including these cool billboards that are popping up around town - particularly along I-64.

Bayer's global headquarters for seeds and traits and the North American commercial headquarters are now based in St. Louis.

There will be shifts of personnel between St. Louis and Bayer's existing facilities in Germany and North Carolina — a process that will take a year to complete.

With the purchase of Monsanto, Bayer AG is now the world's largest agricultural seed and chemical supplier.

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The new Bayer signs are "cropping up" around the multiple former Monsanto campuses around the St. Louis region.

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