When Opportunity Knocks

Ingredients vital to our global bioeconomy are flourishing right here in central Iowa, creating new opportunities for agribusiness growth and innovation. The Cultivation Corridor is leveraging these opportunities to expand our state’s talent base and technology as we support and sustain the science that feeds the world.

Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor is where industry leaders from around the globe come to support and sustain the science that feeds the world.

Throughout the Corridor, public and private partners are working with institutions of higher learning to cultivate innovation and accelerate growth in the agbioscience, biorenewables, biotech and advanced manufacturing industries. With a goal of further developing and marketing its world-renowned bioeconomy, the Cultivation Corridor is building on a rich history of innovation to enhance agricultural sustainability and accelerate business development by attracting new companies, talent and capital to central Iowa. Through new scientific discovery and research, experts in the Cultivation Corridor are forging new pathways to energy independence, sustainable food and feed, and innovative products made from renewable resources.

Advances in modern agriculture and biotechnology are fundamental to providing the world’s expanding population with food and energy security.

Global population growth has placed an increased significance on the world’s agricultural centers. In 1991, .81 acres of farmland was available to feed each person; with an estimated world population of more than 9 billion in 2050, available farmland is projected to shrink to only .37 acres per person. The Cultivation Corridor is rising to meet this challenge by representing the convergence of so many critical components. Central Iowa’s rich natural resources, world-class academics, profound agribusiness expertise, favorable economic conditions and more have positioned our state as a uniquely qualified epicenter for agricultural innovation. Through dynamic public-private partnerships, cutting-edge research and capital investments, the Cultivation Corridor leveraging these resources to lead initiatives that, by attracting global companies, talent and capital, will increase agricultural production, output and viability for a healthy and sustainable global future.

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Our growing world population faces extraordinary challenges — uncertainties in the production and security of our food, feed, fiber and fuel. Significant improvements in genetics, technology and production practices being created here are helping to transform agriculture around the world.