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Land O' Lakes subsidiary Winfield Solutions and Chromatin join forces to develop and market forage sorghum seed

Aug 1st, 2011

Minneapolis, MN. and Chicago, IL August 1, 2011 - Today Winfield Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of Land O' Lakes and a leader in providing inputs to agricultural markets, and Chromatin, Inc., a privately held provider of innovative crop breeding technology, sorghum seed products and energy crop feedstocks, announced they have joined forces to market and develop forage sorghum hybrids.

Under the agreement, Winfield Solutions will partner with Chromatin and its subsidiary, Sorghum Partners, LLC, to provide and develop market leading hybrid forage sorghum seed products that will be marketed and distributed through the Winfield Solutions network of customers in North America. In addition, the agreement calls for Chromatin and Sorghum Partners to provide Winfield Solutions with access to its diverse and expanding portfolio of proprietary sorghum lines, and to develop, test and produce forage sorghum hybrids that meet the needs of customers and dealers.

"This alliance will leverage our ongoing breeding, technology development and seed production programs that focus on providing industry-leading forage sorghum," said Jeff Widder, Chromatin's VP of Seeds and manager of Sorghum Partners, LLC. "We will work with Winfield Solutions to expand our portfolio of forage sorghum products and to access new market channels."

"Growing high-value forages is our number one objective every day," said Ricky Rice, Manager of Winfield Solutions' Forage Sorghum business. "Our alliance with Chromatin will enable us to focus on our customers' needs, while providing access to leading products and technologies."

Through this alliance, Winfield Solutions and Chromatin will collaborate to access and improve various types of forage sorghum, including traditional forage sorghum, sudan grass, sorghum-sudan grass hybrids and sweet sorghums. These forage crops allow growers to produce highly nutritious feed for grazing, hay, green chop or silage while requiring less water and fewer inputs than other livestock feeds.

About Chromatin:

Chromatin, Inc. provides crop breeding and biotechnology innovations, customized seeds and energy crop feedstocks to renewable and agriculture markets. The privately-held company is deploying its broad and unique intellectual property platform to develop specialized sorghum, creating next generation, high-quality seeds, feed, and feedstocks to meet the yield and performance requirements of its customers. The company has commercialized its biotechnology applications with leading agriculture companies. It sells its seed products in the US and more than 20 other countries. For additional information, visit

About Winfield Solutions, LLC:

Winfield Solutions, LLC is a subsidiary of Land O'Lakes Inc., a national, farmer-owned food and agricultural cooperative with $12 billion in sales for 2008. Winfield Solutions offers superior expertise and quality AgriSolutions™ crop protection products and CROPLAN GENETICS® seed. For more information on Winfield Solutions, see For information specific to AgriSolutions™ and CROPLAN GENETICS®, please see and

For additional information, contact:
Jeanne Forbis
Director, Communications
Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Jeff Widder
Vice President, Seeds
Chromatin, Inc.