“Over the last century, technology in agriculture has changed the world. Millions have moved on from working on the land; industries have developed as brainpower is redirected. We’re proud to play a big part in this massive contribution. A tremendous passion for agriculture, the science and business of it, courses through our company veins.
Our model is to understand local cultural practices and the needs of the ultimate market, then work with users to find how our products fit. Along the way, we’ve honed our field development, sales and marketing, and regulatory science competencies.
Gowan’s biggest assets don’t show on the balance sheet, but rest in our heads and in our ability to communicate. There aren’t many of us, so we have to listen carefully to partners in the trade. We welcome your ideas on opportunities. We’ll put our heads to developing these and then to working with local or national partners to bring them to life.
Not all of these projects pay off, but as they do we reinvest our earnings into other projects. We’ve tried our hand with reviving old compounds, bringing forward new molecules and developing biologically occurring solutions. With new technologies, regulatory and political hurdles, and consumer demands, the bar is set ever higher. The challenge is more motivating and success sweeter. We invite you to collaborate and help us find and improve niches in plant protection.”
Juli Jessen, CEO
Milestones of our growth
1963 – Jon Jessen started his first agricultural input business to provide products and service to local growers.
1974 – Gowan Company formed to manage formulation of crop protection chemicals and retail functions.
1990 – Gowan de Mexico established to supply premium products and service to specialty crop growers.
1991 – Gowan Company purchased Imidan rights in the U.S., its first proprietary product.
1993 – Gowan Company acquired DCNA (Dicloran) from Nor-Am Chemical Company.
1996 – Gowan entered further into international markets after obtaining world-wide rights to Imidan.
2002 – Acquisition of Fenarimol and Fenazaquin from Dow AgroSciences LLC.
2003 – Acquisition of Eptam, Eradicane (EPTC) NAFTA rights from Syngenta.
2004 – Acquisition of Tri-allate from Monsanto Company.
2005 – Gowan Comércio Internacional e Servicos, Limitada is formed.
2008 – Acquisition of Zoxamide from Dow AgroSciences LLC.
2010 – Acquisition of Scythe herbicide and M-Pede insecticide from Dow AgroSciences LLC.
2014 – Joint venture with Isagro S.p.A launched.
2016 – Acquisition of Dinitroaniline herbicide range from Dow AgroSciences LLC.
2016 – Gowan Crop Protection Ltd established in the UK, based at Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise.
2017 – Registration of BUTTE (benzobicyclon /halosulfuron-methyl) in Rice.
2019 – Gowan acquires Biological company EcoFlora. (See press release)