DuPont Pioneer to Build $35 Million Soybean Research Facility at Stine Haskell
The Facility will Include Two State-of-the-Art Automated Greenhouses and is
Expected to be Completed in 2016
NEWARK, Del., Aug. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - DuPont Pioneer
today announced plans to build a $35 million soybean research facility at its
Stine Haskell Research Center in Newark, Del. The nearly 134,000 square foot
facility will include two state-of-the-art automated greenhouses and is
expected to be completed in 2016, with room for future expansion.
"The new DuPont Pioneer Delaware Soybean Research Facility will advance our
research and development pipeline and enhance the value of Pioneer® brand
soybean varieties for our grower customers by protecting yield and increasing
oil and protein content," said Neal Gutterson, vice president of Agricultural
Biotechnology, DuPont Pioneer. "This research is an important part of the
DuPont strategic focus on agriculture and nutrition against the backdrop of an
increasing world population and demand for more food."
The DuPont Pioneer Delaware Soybean Research Facility is strategically located
near its agricultural biotechnology trait research facility at the DuPont
Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del. The new facility will be home to
experts in advanced genetic discovery to develop and test the newest products
and traits in the company's growing research and development pipeline. The
new, automated greenhouses include a soybean plant movement system that will
increase research efficiency. Built with sustainability in mind, the
greenhouses will feature three 60,000 gallon rain water cisterns to harvest,
filter and re-use run-off.
"Delaware is proud of this investment by DuPont in the future of agriculture
and that it is occurring in our state," said Ed Kee, secretary of the Delaware
Department of Agriculture. "Delaware farmers have a 200-year history of
agricultural progress and innovation and all of us connected with our state's
agriculture look forward to the results of DuPont's commitment to helping feed
"This new facility represents a merger of three key economic entities from
Delaware's past, present and future. Agriculture, our oldest economic
strength, will be used in the fields of innovation and biotechnology, which
have been developing as a future economic base," said Alan Levin, director of
the Delaware Economic Development Office. "This is all being done by one of
our signature companies, DuPont, which has been a leading innovator here for
more than two centuries and continues to be one today."
Pioneer began soybean operations in 1973 and is a world leader in agricultural
biotechnology. The new Stine Haskell facility will support the business's
expanded suite of insect resistant, herbicide tolerant and increased output
trait soybean products. This year, U.S. growers planted more than 84 million
acres of soybeans, an 11 percent increase from the 76.5 million acres planted
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
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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 http://www.dupont.com.
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