DLF acquires OreGro Seeds

OreGro Seeds is a forage, cover crop, and turfgrass breeding company located in Albany, Oregon

HALSEY, Ore. – DLF is pleased to announce that it has acquired the assets of OreGro Seeds, a forage, cover crop, and turfgrass breeding company located in Albany, Oregon. OreGro’s proprietary cool-season forage grass, forage legume, turfgrass, cover crop, and small grain varieties are now offered exclusively through DLF and its distribution partners in the U.S. and abroad.

“This investment not only complements our expansive global research and product portfolio, but also adds significant operational capacity and staff to support customers,” said Claus Ikjaer, CEO for DLF Pickseed USA. “This is a strategic development to bolster our seed innovation, service, and support.”

The acquisition includes three warehouse facilities totaling 75,000 square feet, equipped with blending and packaging capabilities. The company will also incorporate the research activities of OreGro into its North American and global research platform. Additionally, DLF has welcomed twenty of OreGro’s former employees to the DLF family.

“These new team members and infrastructure will help ensure a seamless transition for OreGro partners and position our customers for future growth,” said Ikjaer. “It’s also very exciting to have the opportunity to further invest in the Willamette Valley seed industry.”

The Willamette Valley in Oregon is the world’s top producer of cool-season forage and turfgrass seed and home to DLF Pickseed USA. Roughly 11 percent of the company’s over-2,000 global employees are involved in research.

About DLF

DLF was founded in 1906 and is the global market leader in the research, development, production, and distribution of turfgrass and forage crop seed. DLF is owned by 3,000 Danish seed growers and has subsidiaries or sales offices in 22 countries around the world. Information on DLF’s North American operations can be found at www.dlfpickseed.com.

Originally published by Morning Ag Clips 3/2/2022

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