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Bayer CropScience Vegetable seeds & the National Watermelon Association Partner

BY: Jen Velasquez | DATE: October 01, 2015

October 1st, 2015- Bayer CropScience Vegetable Seeds and the National Watermelon Association (NWA) are entering into an unprecedented partnership to attract new members into the association. Effective immediately and for the next two years, Bayer is funding first-year memberships to all eligible watermelon growers.

Bayer and the NWA want to spread this message to the watermelon industry:if you are a watermelon grower, we need you! We will fully fund your membership so you may explore everything the NWA has to offer at no cost.

As the voice of its members on important issues such as trade, labor, research and food safety, to name a few, the NWA stresses the importance of association involvement from new generations of watermelon growers and being a part of these issues as they start their careers. And not to forget seasoned growers, the partnership welcomes their membership as well.

"We are elated that Bayer, within Nunhems® brand, has agreed to fund first-year dues to all new members and therefore aid us in growing the National Watermelon Association," said Bob Morrisey, NWA executive director. "We encourage growers and partners in the watermelon industry to share their talents and strengths with the NWA and allow us to share our expertise with them as well. The bigger we are, the stronger we become."

Bayer encourages watermelon growers to assume leadership in the industry by sharing in scientific research, having a voice in federal legislation, and joining the conversations surrounding industry concerns.

"The National Watermelon Association has supported the watermelon industry for over 100 years. It is important for our company to support the growth of the association and its affiliated state chapters.  At Bayer CropScience Vegetable seeds, we believe in the strengths of individuals and groups, to reach success." said Rafa Mora, Watermelon and Melon crop sales manager at Bayer Crop Science Vegetable Seeds, parent division of Nunhems. "We share in their vision and dedication to make a positive difference in the business and improve the lives of our industry members; this is one thing we can do to help the legacy of the watermelon industry."

*National membership in the NWA provides immediate access to corresponding affiliated state chapters. For more information on how to become a member of the NWA, please visit

About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 9,494 million (2014) and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 23,100 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:

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