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Pioneer Hi-Bred Establishes Corn Research Testing Program in New York to Meet Growers' Needs

AUBURN, New York, April 8, 2011 - Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, has expanded its research testing program with a new research team and center located in Auburn, N.Y. This facility serves as a temporary location for the team as construction of the permanent facility in Union Springs nears completion. Research efforts will focus on IMPACT™ (Intensively Managed Product Advancement, Characterization and Training) testing. Establishing a research presence in New York is one of the many steps Pioneer is taking to help meet the global challenge to double agricultural productivity on the farm by 2050.

"This local presence will enable Pioneer researchers to focus their efforts on testing and product development for the agricultural community in the state of New York,” said Randy Minton, Pioneer business director for the Northeast Business Unit (NEBU). "It also reaffirms our commitment to expanding Pioneer research testing efforts in this region."

Local testing will be conducted on grain corn, silage corn and soybeans in over 30 IMPACT™ plots located throughout the state of New York. This testing process is imperative for Pioneer to ensure that only the best products are made available in the market.

"This investment in Pioneer research capabilities will further expand our efforts to develop innovative solutions to help farmers get the right product on the right acre,” said Mike Particka, senior research associate.

This location is one of over 40 stations Pioneer maintains across North America and Canada that perform IMPACT™ testing; however, it is the first of its kind in New York.

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 (www.dupont.com) 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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Jamie Butts