Situated in the heart of the nation’s most productive bioeconomy, Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor is a world-class destination for companies and experts pursuing new plant-based products and agbioscience technologies.
Surrounded by 30.6 million acres of farmland and anchored by a potent concentration of agbioscience companies, the Cultivation Corridor is attracting industry experts, entrepreneurs and student leaders to lead research in the fields of agronomy, nutrition and animal science. The State of Iowa devotes immense resources to facilitate industry growth within the Corridor, providing millions in direct financial assistance every year to agbioscience programs as well as a one-of-a-kind refundable R&D tax credit program. Together, these initiatives and others supported by the Corridor and its partners have helped Iowa become the nation’s top producer of corn, soybeans, pork, eggs, animal feed and veterinary technologies.
Iowa’s bioscience growth has outpaced national average in 60 percent of subsectors.
Iowa’s expenditures on research and development in bioscience are 12 percent higher than the national average.
Iowa is the leading producer of corn, pork and eggs in the U.S and the second biggest producer of soybeans.
Pioneering companies and productive, hardworking farmers have enabled Iowa to lead the nation in the production of corn, soybeans, pork, eggs, ethanol, and biodiesel. Innovative Iowa companies are making a difference, from feeding a growing world population to reducing our nation’s dependency on foreign oil.
— Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa
Outstanding individuals in the fight against global hunger convene each year in Des Moines, Iowa, for the bestowing of this prestigious award.
One of just 12 locations globally, the Innovation Center in Johnston, Iowa, is an important information hub for thousands of scientists working to advance agriculture and nutrition.