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DuPont Pioneer Awards Nearly $100,000 in Local Grants

$500,000 Awarded in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin over last four years

MANKATO, MINNESOTA – JULY 7, 2015 – Fifty-eight schools and local organizations have received nearly $100,000 in community investment grants from DuPont Pioneer in 2015. These grants, awarded through the Pioneer Northern Business Unit, which is comprised of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, helped support local projects that are focused on education, food security and community betterment.

“We commend the individuals and organizations in our rural communities who are dedicating their time and energy to educating our youth, protecting and assisting their neighbors, and improving the communities in which we live,” said Patrick Yockey, DuPont Pioneer director – Northern Business Unit. “Pioneer is proud to live, work and volunteer alongside these outstanding groups.”

Over the last four years, DuPont Pioneer has awarded over $500,000 in grants within its Northern Business Unit to support efforts ranging from agricultural education programs, making critical investments in local fire departments, and supporting several community projects in these four states.

2015 Grant Recipients


  • Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School
  • Albany Area Schools
  • Alexandria Area FFA Chapter
  • Benson High School
  • Dodge County Fair
  • Fairmont Area ECFE
  • Foley High School
  • Goodhue Area Historical Society
  • Grand Meadow Fire Department
  • Lac qui Parle Valley High School
  • Le Sueur County Extension
  • Martin County West FFA
  • Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation
  • Murdock Fire Department
  • Murray County Central High School
  • Pierz Healy High School
  • Region Nine Area Inc.
  • Round Lake - Brewster School
  • Springfield High School FFA
  • Westbrook Ambulance
  • Wheaton Fire Department Relief Association
  • Worthington Middle School

North Dakota

  • Cass County Extension 4-H
  • Ellendale Fire Protection District
  • Foster County Fair
  • Hillsboro Public School
  • Litchville Fire Department
  • Page Cafe Association
  • Wahpeton Volunteer Fire Department
  • Woodworth Rural Fire Protection District

South Dakota

  • Britton-Hecla School District
  • Hand County Health Wellness And Community Foundation
  • Hoven High School
  • Parkston School District
  • Scotland Volunteer Fire Department
  • South Dakota State Fair Foundation
  • Wolsey-Wessington FFA


  • Beaver Dam Unified School District
  • Calumet County 4-H Leaders Association
  • Clear Lake High School
  • DeForest Area School District
  • Eden Elementary
  • Harmony Elementary
  • Holy Rosary School
  • Kennedy Elementary
  • Lake Country School
  • Pepin Area Schools
  • Pierce County Fair
  • Plum City High School Agricultural Education
  • Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA
  • Rio Elementary School
  • Sauk Prairie FFA
  • School District of Cambridge
  • Seymour FFA Alumni
  • Southern Wisconsin Agricultural Group Inc.
  • Trempealeau County Agricultural Society
  • Visiting Nurse Service Foundation
  • Waukesha County Fair Association

Pioneer makes contributions to community-based organizations on behalf of the business and employees. Consideration for outreach grants are given to communities where Pioneer representatives, employees and customers live and work and that support quality-of-life initiatives to create an improved, sustainable lifestyle for people worldwide.

DuPont Pioneer 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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Contact:    DuPont Pioneer
Joseph Martin