MORE ABOUT KENNAN CORPORATION
Kennan Corporation is the only private company in the United States that maintains genetic seed improvement programs on both rice (Oryza sativa) and wild rice (Zizania palustris or Zizania aquatica). Kennan Corporation has been involved in many aspects of the wild rice industry since 1980. We have been a grower, processor, and marketer of commercial wild rice. More importantly, we have developed wild rice varieties including hybrid wild rice, produced parent seed, and produced planting seed. We believe that wild rice seed improvement is critical to the long-term viability of wild rice as a specialty crop.
Kennan Corporation has also been involved in breeding rice (Oryza sativa) varieties since 1998. We have also expanded our services to include parent seed production, germplasm development, and rice genetics. We believe that rice genetics and rice breeding are necessary components of the quest to feed current and future world populations.
In 2006, we realized our dream by purchasing a facility near Sacramento, California, that is dedicated to rice and wild rice seed research. California, and specifically the Sacramento Valley, is the only location in the United States that is uniquely capable of growing both rice (Oryza sativa) and wild rice (Zizania palustris). We have now combined our experience and knowledge with a well-equipped facility and versatile location to more efficiently produce innovative rice and wild rice varieties through field and greenhouse research.
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