As one of the world’s leading developers and suppliers of non-GMO seeds, DuPont Pioneer continues to have a significant role in advancing agriculture, providing high-quality seeds to farmers around the globe.
With roots in Hawai‘i that date back more than four decades, DuPont Pioneer began its operations in 1968 on the west side of the island of Kaua‘i. Using land formerly used for growing sugar, DuPont Pioneer began researching conventional hybrid corn seed varieties in Waimea.
In 1999, Pioneer expanded to the island of O‘ahu with its current Waialua Parent Seed farm, and opened the Kunia Research Center in 2005.
Today, Pioneer uses modern biotechnology to develop and grow both conventional and genetically engineered corn seeds and soybeans in Hawai‘i to help farmers across the globe address the many challenges they face.
Pioneer develops dozens of distinct varieties of corn seed each year to meet the demands of these farmers. Each seed variety is carefully developed and tracked before, during and after planting to ensure its purity and effectiveness.
Planting the Seeds for Future Generations
Pioneer provides a positive work environment and diverse job opportunities for local residents. Our employees are our greatest resource, and we are proud to extend these opportunities so that residents can remain in the islands and provide for their families.
Pioneer’s employees exemplify the following deeply ingrained core values on a daily basis. They serve as the foundation for not only our business’ daily operations in Hawai‘i, but also the lifestyles of our valued employees.
Safety & Health
We share a personal and professional commitment to protecting the safety and health of our employees, our contractors, our customers and the people of the communities in which we operate.
We find science-enabled, sustainable solutions for our customers, always managing our businesses to protect the environment and preserve the earth’s natural resources, both for today and for generations into the future.
Respect for People
We treat our employees and all our partners with professionalism, dignity and respect, fostering an environment where people can contribute, innovate and excel.
Highest Ethical Behavior
We conduct ourselves and our business affairs in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in compliance with all applicable laws, striving always to be a respected corporate citizen worldwide.
As sugar and pineapple have declined as Hawai'i's primary agricultural products, seed research and production is a major agricultural employer and keeps thousands acres of Hawai‘i’s agricultural land in farming, saving it from development.
Hawai‘i’s seed corn industry is driven by worldwide demand for hybrid seed corn. According to the Pacific Regional Field Office in Hawai‘i, seed crop accounts for an estimated $155 million, or 98 percent, of the total $159 million value for the 2013-2014 season.
Pioneer partners with local farmers and ranchers to help develop sustainable agricultural practices and increase their productivity. As a longstanding member of Hawai‘i’s community, we have a vested interest in empowering local farmers to succeed.
Drawing on decades of technical expertise and our dedication to Hawai‘i’s communities, Pioneer recognizes its role in cultivating a thriving agricultural industry for generations to come. Though a partnership with GoFarm Hawai‘i, Pioneer’s Waialua Parent Seed shares resources and best practices with the participants of the program, enabling farmers to learn and experience the technical and business fundamentals of successful farming in Hawai‘i, and growing interest in agricultural production across our islands.
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