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Pioneer Hi-Bred Completes Expansion

15 August 2011

US - DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred have celebrated the completion of a million dollar expansion project at its corn research center in New Holland, Pa.

DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman attended the event and congratulated Pioneer on the expansion and emphasised that investments made in research and development are critical to meeting customer needs and ensuring food security.

"Research and development is the heart of DuPont," said Ms Kullman. "Last year DuPont invested $1.7 billion in research and development, and 61 per cent of this investment focused on increasing food production. DuPont's commitment to research is evident in the $1.2 million expansion we've seen here today."

The project consisted of a 9,600 square foot equipment storage and maintenance facility with a new corn dryer. The existing building was remodeled to provide new office space and an enhanced work area for employees.

"It's an opportune time to be in agriculture and an exciting time to be part of Pioneer," said Paul E. Schickler, president - Pioneer Hi-Bred, who spoke at the event. "We are committed to finding innovative solutions to improve agriculture productivity and it is exciting to see that through this center expansion we are paving the way for even greater advancements in the future."

One of those advancements is a major innovation developed by New Holland scientist David Whitaker. His work on Pioneer's first commercial brown mid-rib (BMR) corn, a hybrid that offers improved silage digestibility, gives growers another option when selecting their silage and dairy nutrition products.

This product will be commercially available for the 2012 planting season. In addition to BMR, scientists also are focused on delivering high yielding products with resistance to foliar and stalk diseases.

"The New Holland center has a deep history of research excellence, and is critical to our long-term success," said Mr Schickler. "Our right product, right acre strategy is all inclusive, we are talking about innovation in the lab as well as in the field."

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