DLF has acquired the assets of OreGro Seeds, a forage, cover crop, and turfgrass breeding company located in Albany, Ore. 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 20 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 more than 2,000 global employees are involved in research.