Syngenta


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Syngenta AG is a Swiss agrochemicals company with about 28,000 full-time employees.

The agribusiness specializes in the research, development and production of agricultural products aimed at boosting crop performance. Those products include herbicides and other pesticides.

Syngenta also develops seed traits and sells seeds.

Starting in 2015, Syngenta has often been rumored to be the target of a handful of takeover attempts. Syngenta reportedly rejected one takeover bid upwards of $45 billion from Monsanto, along with another takeover bid of roughly $42 billion from a Chinese chemical company.

Syngenta was founded in 1999.

For more background on Syngenta, also see: About Syngenta | Corporate profile



Key financial highlights

2014 net income: $1.6 billion

2014 sales: $15.1 billion

2013 net income: $1.6 billion

2013 sales: $14.7 billion

Data source: SEC.gov and company financial releases


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 Lobbying Activity

2015 lobbying expenditures: $1.04 million

2015 lobbying interests included:

Biofuels, Biotechnology – global asynchronous approval; Neonicotinoids; seed treatments, pollinator habitat and working lands conservation, Pesticides, Pollinator Health, Waters of the United States; H.R. 5447 Bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act to increase the availability of pesticides for the management of parasitic pests that adversely impact the health of managed pollinator bees and for other purposes

H.R. 1599, Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015; Genetically modified Organisms (labeling of foods processed with GMOs)

H.R. 704 Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act (Oppose); S. 577 Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act (oppose); H.R. 703 RFS Reform Act (oppose)

Duty suspensions; Trade Promotion Authority; Trade facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 including the “American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2015”

Patent Litigation Reform; H.R. 9 – Innovation Act; S. 632 – Strong Patents Act

S. 998 “American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2015”

2014 lobbying expenditures: $1.28 million

2014 lobbying interests included:

Agriculture Appropriations, Biofuels, Farm Bill, Food Security, Biotechnology, Pollinators, Pesticides and Water; H.R. 935 Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2014; H.R. 2642 Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013; H.R. 2692 Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2013; H.R. 5078 Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014; H.R. 5447 Bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act to expedite the review and approval of products to control parasitic pests in managed commercial bee colonies and require USDA and EPA to submit reports to Congress on the scope of the threats to pollinators; H.R. 5656 Feed the Future Global Food Security Act of 2014; S. 954 Agriculture Reform, Food and jobs Act of 2013; S. 2909 Global Food Security Act of 2014

H.R. 4432 Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014

H.R. 2708 To amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States of America to modify temporarily certain rates of duty and for other purposes

2013 lobbying expenditures: $1.47 million

2013 lobbying interests included:

Agriculture appropriations, Biofuels, Farm Bill, Biotechnology and Pesticides. Bills: S. 3240 and H.R. 6083; S.954 and H.R. 1947

Biotechnology and biotech product issues

Trade issues; Duty suspension; biotechnology

House Tariffs Bills: H.R. 4435, H.R. 4436, H.R. 4437, H.R. 4438, H.R. 4473, H.R. 4474, H.R. 4475, H.R. 4476. H.R. 4477, H.R. 4478, H.R. 4479, H.R. 4506, H.R. 4507, H.R. 4508, H.R. 4509, H.R. 4510, H.R. 4511, H.R. 4512, H.R. 4513, H.R. 4514, H.R. 4515, H.R. 4516, H.R. 4517, H.R. 4518, H.R. 4519, H.R. 4520, H.R. 4701, H.R. 4702, H.R. 4703, H.R. 4704, H.R. 4705, H.R. 4706, H.R. 4707, H.R. 4708, H.R. 4741, H.R. 4742, H.R. 4743, H.R. 4744, H.R. 4745, H.R. 5504, H.R. 5505, H.R. 5506, H.R. 5507

Senate Tariff Bills: S. 2596, S. 2595, S. 2594, S. 2593, S. 2525, S. 2519, S. 2524, S. 2522, S. 2633, S. 2626, S. 2629, S. 2632, S. 2907, S. 2597, S. 2908, S. 3138, S.2955, S. 2628, S. 2618, S. 3098, S. 2950, S. 3099, S. 2631, S. 2906, S. 2905, S. 2951, S.2523, S. 2521, S. 2619, S. 2627, S. 2624, S. 2630, S. 2625, S. 3139, S. 2598, S.2960

Data source: Senate lobbying disclosure database


EDGAR Search Results: Syngenta

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Syngenta: News releases

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USA spending quick stats

Each year, the United States government hands out billions of dollars’ worth of government contracts, grants, subsidies and loans. A large portion of these federal dollars go to top agribusiness companies.

A Syngenta facility in Paris, Ill., on Dec. 9, 2014.

Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Big Ag Watch

A Syngenta facility in Paris, Ill., on Dec. 9, 2014.

USA spending data shows that Syngenta has not received a significant amount of federal funding since 2008.

Last known funds awarded: 2008

2008 total funds awarded: $12,649

No. 1 awarding agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Data source: USASpending.gov


Quarterly reports

Oct. 15, 2015 | July 23, 2015 | April 17, 2015

Annual reports

 Fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2014| Fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2013