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Pioneer Hi-Bred to Expand Industry-Leading Agronomy Staff and Resources

Hiring 20 additional agronomy experts to U.S. workforce to strengthen agronomic services for customers

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 18, 2012 - Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is expanding its team of agronomic experts to ensure that farmers have access to even more product information and agronomic support. Twenty additional agronomy experts across the United States will be hired to further strengthen Pioneer's agronomic services and corn and soybean product advancement efforts.

"For more than 85 years, farmers have relied on Pioneer to deliver top-notch agronomic information and support.  We're excited to build on that strong foundation with even more agronomic experts across the country," says Judd O'Connor, vice president and regional director, U.S.  "With more agronomists in the field, we can deliver the right product on the right acre to ensure our customers maximize productivity on every acre.

"Over the past six years, Pioneer has doubled the number of field employees in the United States," says O'Connor.  "This expansion in the agronomy team builds on a national network of agronomists created in 2011 to manage our extensive product advancement program, IMPACT™ trials."

Pioneer IMPACT™ (Intensively Managed Product Advancement, Characterization and Training) trials are plots grown in local producers' fields and are the key data source to support product commercialization.  This local approach ensures that products are extensively tested in the region where they will be grown to optimize product placement and performance in producers' fields. 

Pioneer will be searching for top talent to fill current sales and agronomy openings, as well as the newly created jobs in the coming weeks.  For a listing of job openings, visit careers at www.pioneer.com.

Pioneer Hi-Bred (www.pioneer.com), a DuPont business headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success™.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.

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