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25 September 2020 | 8:30 AM CST | 3:30 PM CET | Regional Panel Event

How Short Stature Corn Can Contribute to the Future of Food Sustainably

As farmers around the world continually face evolving issues like climate change and food insecurity, scientists and plant breeders are finding new ways to help improve livelihoods and protect the planet. With shorter stalks that are better able to stand up to weather extremes and allow for more flexible in-season crop accessibility to make inputs more precise, this product concept aims to help farmers to grow enough while using natural resources more efficiently.


Join “How Short Stature Corn Can Contribute to the Future of Food Sustainably” for a roundtable discussion featuring Dr. Manuel Oyervides Garcia – the researcher behind VITALA, the short stature maize variety recently launched in Mexico. In addition, this panel will share insights directly from the fields where short stature corn is being tested and grown commercially around the world to uncover the promise of the concept as an example of one innovation that will help us build a more sustainable future for agriculture.








Manuel Bravo

Manuel Bravo is President and CEO of Bayer in Mexico, as well as Leader for the Agriculture Division (Crop Science) business for the North Latin America region. For more than 15 years, he served different roles within Monsanto in several areas and regions – his last role as the Leader of Commercial Operations for North Latin America, responsible for the business in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador and the countries of Central America and the Caribbean. Bravo holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and a postgraduate degree in Management from Northwestern University (Kellogg) in Chicago.


Manuel Oyervides Garcia

Over his more than four-decade career in genetics and seed business, Dr. Manuel Oyervides Garcia led, directed and managed several successful breeding programs in Latin America for the National Institute of Agricultural Research of Mexico, Asgrow Seed Company, and, most recently, the Monsanto company. Dr. Oyervides Garcia has spearheaded national research efforts and directed innovative breeding strategies – playing an integral role in the development of industry-leading corn hybrids. Dr. Oyervides Garcia obtained a bachelor’s degree in agronomy at the Autonomous Agrarian University of Buenavista, Coahuila, Mexico, a master’s degree in genetics from the Graduate College of Chapingo Mexico and a Doctor of Philosophy in plant breeding and cytogenetics from Iowa State University. At present, Dr. Oyervides Garcia is a consultant for Bayer.


Bernardo de la Vega

Bernardo De La Vega is a third-generation farmer whose main focus is potato, corn, wheat and sorghum crops in the north of Sinaloa and North of Sonora, Mexico. He has a degree in business administration from the Technological University in Monterrey.