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DowDuPont™ Agriculture Division to Become Corteva Agriscience™ as It Progresses Toward Becoming a Stand-alone Company
On Feb. 26, DowDuPont announced the corporate brand names for each of its divisions. The Agriculture division, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, will assume the name Corteva Agriscience™ (pronounced: kohr-`teh-vah), which is based on a combination of words meaning “heart” and “nature.”
“Our new name reflects our commitment to enhancing the productivity, as well as the health and well-being, of the consumers they serve,” said James C. Collins, Jr., chief operating officer of the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. “With the most balanced portfolio of products in the industry, nearly a century of agronomic expertise, and an unparalleled innovation engine, we are creating a new agriculture company that will work together with the entire food ecosystem to produce a secure supply of healthy food sustainably and efficiently.”
Corteva Agriscience™ brings together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences to create a market-shaping, standalone agriculture company with leading positions in Seed Technologies, Crop Protection and Digital Agriculture.
The Agriculture Division has the most comprehensive and balanced seed and crop protection portfolio in the world and a strong pipeline of new products that will enable it to continue to provide substantial value to farmers now and over the long term.
While Corteva AgriscienceTM will be the corporate brand name upon the division’s separation from DowDuPont, the company will continue to offer products under a number of the most recognized premium brands in agriculture: Pioneer®, Mycogen®, the newly launched BrevantTM Seeds, and its award-winning crop protection products, such as Aproach® Prima fungicide and QuelexTM herbicide with ArylexTM active, as well as others it will introduce as it brings new products to market.
For more information about the brand identity, please visit www.corteva.com.
ON THE FARM
Shade house project breaks ground in Kekaha
KEKAHA, KAUA‘I — Legacy Pioneer broke ground on its shade house project in Kekaha on Feb. 16. The new structures will increase capacity and incorporate new, more efficient technologies to boost research at the facility. Expansions and improvements estimated at nearly $12 million in total will enhance the Legacy Pioneer Waimea Research Center and the former Legacy Pioneer Kekaha Parent Seed location, which are not part of the research network.
“This project will expand our capacity to conduct research operations indoors, providing environmental benefits and reducing the need for additional lands,” said Judith Rivera, Hawaii research lead for DowDuPont. “We are pleased that Mayor Bernard Carvalho and Council Chair Mel Rapozo were able to join us. We would also like to thank the House and Senate members of the Kauai legislative delegation for their support of the project.”
During the first phase of the project, four new structures will be built. Additional structures will be built over the next few years. Other improvements are also planned, including renovations to the office building in Kekaha to create more work areas.
AG IN ACTION
Oahu Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day: February 9
PEARL CITY, O‘AHU — The University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources presented Oahu Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day on February 9 at CTAHR’s Oahu Urban Garden Center. More than 500 fifth grade students and teachers from six elementary schools participated in the all-morning event. The goal was to create awareness among youth that agriculture and environmental issues have a large impact on our economy, culture and social wellbeing, and to inform them about the many career opportunities available.
Legacy Pioneer presenters explained that there are different types of corn grown for different reasons. Students had the opportunity to examine the different traits of corn seeds and were challenged to guess which seed is grown the most worldwide. It’s the type of corn we grow! Students were also surprised to learn that one of the reasons our corn is grown worldwide is that there are more than 400 products we use or consume every day that have corn in them in some way.
Legacy Pioneer employees volunteer at Waimea Town Celebration
WAIMEA, KAUA‘I — Waimea Research Center employees volunteered at the Hydration Station at the Waimea Town Celebration on Saturday, February 24. Legacy Pioneer worked the booth on behalf of the West Kauai Business and Professional Association (WKBPA), which organizes the annual celebration. All proceeds help defray the cost of the Waimea Town Celebration and benefit other programs put on by the WKBPA. The Waimea Town Celebration is a nine-day event that honors the rich history and culture of Waimea, including Kauai's last reigning monarch King Kaumuali‘i. Pictured from left: Leilanie Buyat, Joyna Willard, Allison Toma, Camilla Hipsack, and Laurie Yoshida (missing Denise Moriguchi).
Congratulations, Waialua Parent Seed!
At the 2018 Agronomy Conference in Johnston, Iowa, Waialua Parent Seed received the Be Upstanding Award. This honor was presented for the farm’s continued effort in upholding Legacy Pioneer’s values and maintaining a high level of transparency with the community by sharing information about who they are and what they do in Waialua.
Core Values of Corteva Agriscience™
Corteva AgriscienceTM is driven by their beliefs and their purpose to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come.
- Enrich lives. We commit to enhancing lives and the land. As leaders, they pursue a purpose which goes beyond our immediate interests to benefit society.
- Stand tall. We are leaders and act boldly. We assert ourselves as an industry leader who steps out to move agriculture forward.
- Be curious. We innovate relentlessly. We accelerate our pace of innovation to create solutions that will deliver abundant high-quality food, now and for the future.
- Build together. We grow by working together. We embrace diversity and collaboration in order to build one company and reach out across the food system, creating shared value.
- Be upstanding. We always do what’s right. As a market leader, we maintain high ethical standards and conduct business safely and transparently.