Founded in 1926 by Iowan and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Vice President Henry A. Wallace, DuPont Pioneer is the country’s largest producer of hybrid crop seeds. The company’s global headquarters are located in Johnston, Iowa. In the summer of 2013 DuPont Pioneer opened the Johnston Innovation Center, making it one of just two Innovation Centers in the United States and twelve internationally. The Johnston Innovation Center provides resources for 10,000 scientists around the world who use the high-tech facility as a starting point to connect with each other and the thousands more farmers, industry and government officials, and academic organizations based within the Cultivation Corridor and beyond. As the only Innovation Center to focus specifically on agriculture and nutrition, the facility is DuPont Pioneer’s primary resource for enabling and showcasing the company’s numerous breakthroughs and has jump-started hundreds of projects focusing on biofuels, plant genomics, and increasing crop yield and end-use value. Along with 500 acres of research fields, DuPont Pioneer’s resources in the Corridor include 400,000 square feet of recently expanded office, laboratory and greenhouse space.
DuPont has a history of innovation and scientific discovery. Today, we are creating solutions to address the world’s big challenges of feeding and protecting a growing global population and reducing reliance on fossil fuels… The Innovation Centers enable DuPont to harness its global science capabilities to create local solutions that are tailored to meet the most pressing market needs.
— Ellen Kullman
President, Chair and CEO of DuPont Pioneer
The only of 12 Innovation Centers globally to focus on food and nutrition
A meeting hub for agronomy scientists and industry professionals across the world
Promoting advanced crop technologies to accommodate a growing world population