On March 1st, 2016, Sakata Seed America announced plans to establish a new research station on land the company has acquired in Woodland of California’s Yolo County.

Not far from Sakata’s current R&D property in Woodland, the new 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, Washington, Salinas, California, Fort Myers, Florida 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.

Sakata Seed America is a subsidiary of Sakata Seed Corporation, based in Yokohama, Japan, a global leader in the development of vegetable and flower genetics.  Headquartered in Morgan Hill, CA, Sakata Seed America and its affiliate companies, including Sakata Seed de Mexico, conduct research, seed production, distribution and marketing activities across North and Central America.