Sakata Seed America has announced it plans to establish a new research station on land the company has acquired in Woodland, CA, in Yolo County.
The investment in land, greenhouses, offices, and other facilities to be constructed on the Woodland location reflects Sakata’s commitment to California’s vital agriculture and seed sectors, according to Dave Armstrong, President and CEO of Sakata Seed America.
“Since our founding in San Francisco in 1977, Sakata Seed America has continually expanded its staffing and infrastructure in the Bay Area and Sacramento Valley,” says Armstrong. “This new research station will support our growing business and deepen Sakata’s roots in one of the world’s most dynamic agricultural regions — the Silicon Valley of Seed.”
The new Woodland location will serve an important role in Sakata Seed America’s North American research infrastructure, which includes stations in Mount Vernon, WA; Salinas, CA; Fort Myers, FL; and Sinaloa, Mexico, among others. The Woodland site will focus on Sakata Seed America’s rapidly expanding warm-season vegetables breeding programs and will host the company’s sales and marketing events in the region. The new station is expected to be fully operational by mid-2017.