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Pioneer Hi-Bred Announces Masters Fellowships in Agronomy at Iowa State, University of Wisconsin

Programs designed to support agronomic research at graduate level

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 11, 2011 - Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, has awarded two Masters Fellowships in Agronomy to graduate students at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

Warren Pierson of Garwin, Iowa, is the Iowa State University Fellowship recipient for two years beginning in 2010, and Scott Rowntree of Waterford, Wis., will receive the University of Wisconsin Fellowship for two years beginning in 2011.

The fellowship recipients will do research in applied agronomy at their respective universities. The goal is to train students at the graduate level to have the necessary knowledge in statistical design, analysis, field experience and experimentation to begin a career as a crop production specialist. The program also is designed to help students develop solid agronomic knowledge of crop production, an understanding of crop improvement and use of improved germplasm in agriculture and effective written and oral communications skills. “

Pioneer believes there is a critical need to train a new generation of agronomic specialists in crop production,” says Paul Carter, Ph.D., senior Agronomy Sciences manager, Pioneer. “These fellowships help fill this need by identifying outstanding graduate students who are interested in applied field research and by providing financial support for their training and career development.”

Advisors for the respective students also have been selected at each university. They are Roger Elmore, Extension corn specialist and professor of agronomy, Iowa State University, and Shawn Conley, soybean specialist and associate professor, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition, Pioneer agronomists will work closely with each student, providing them mentoring assistance and opportunities for experience within industry research.

These fellowships are the first granted by Pioneer in the agronomy field. The company has had a long history of providing fellowships and financial support to university students and universities in the plant breeding and genetics area. These recently announced fellowships signal a recognition by Pioneer of the importance of supporting student and academic work in the field of agronomy.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, 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 is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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Jerry Harrington
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