Inside Iowa’s Innovation Infrastructure

The Cultivation Corridor boasts one of the most potent concentrations of agribusiness resources anywhere in the world.

An intense concentration of public- and private-sector agribusiness assets in central Iowa has led to an unprecedented level of expertise, collaboration and resource-sharing that is fueling our vision for a brighter global future. The incredible work being done by these institutions inside the Cultivation Corridor is allowing our region to lead the way as one of the world’s most innovative ag-based ecosystems.

ag leader technology

Ag Leader Technology
Ames, IA Located at the north anchor of the Cultivation Corridor in Ames, Iowa, Ag Leader has been working since 1992 to create quality and satisfaction by developing new agriculture technologies, products and support systems. Ag Leader offers a complete set of products that are specially designed to help farmers plan, plant, apply and harvest more […]

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Ames Laboratory
Ames, IA The Ames Laboratory, located on the campus of Iowa State University, is one of ten U.S. Department of Energy research facilities. The laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions by using their expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations. The Ames Lab employs 450 people, including 260 scientists, as well as many Iowa State […]

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Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Iowa State University Research Park, Ames, IA Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) brings expertise in biological and pharmaceutical manufacturing to the Corridor through its pioneering research and production of vaccines and pharmaceuticals for swine, dogs, cats, equine and cattle. BIVI (formerly NOBL Laboratories, Inc.) has been located in the Corridor since 1991, when it became the first animal health firm at […]

Bridgestone Firestone Agricultural Tire Division

Bridgestone Firestone Agricultural Tire Division
Des Moines, IA Faced with an enormous demand both locally and worldwide, the Bridgestone-Firestone Agricultural Tire Division has grown since its inception in 1945 to occupy a total of 120 acres of manufacturing space in the Cultivation Corridor. Centrally located in the nation’s most productive growing region and at the major transportation intersection of I-80 and I-35, […]

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Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites
Ames, IA A collaboration between Iowa State University and the University of Washington, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) works to develop sustainable, value-added plastics, coatings, adhesives and composites from agricultural and forestry feedstocks. Overseen by ISU and with facilities in both Iowa and Washington, the CB2 is a National Science Foundation Industry & University […]

dmacc biotechnology program

DMACC’s Biotechnology Program
Ankeny, IA – Biotech Program Des Moines Area Community College offers its students the opportunity to obtain a Biotechnology Associate in Science (AS) Degree, a Biotechnology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree or a Biotechnology Laboratory Methods certificate. Students in these programs are prepared for work in a laboratory position at a variety of companies and […]


DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Facility
Nevada, IA – Ethanol Facility DuPont officially opened the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, on the northern tier of Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor in October 2015. At full capacity, the $225 million biorefinery will produce 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually from the Corridor’s readily available supply of corn stover – the stalks, […]


Des Moines, IA With a presence in 36 countries, the Eurofins Group has cast a wide net over international life science markets as the developer of thousands of analytical and lab testing methods with applications in food, pharmaceuticals, genomics and agroscience. Eurofin’s work in human and animal health, environmental services, and product development and testing has found […]


ISG With a wide range of expertise in the agriculture, architecture, engineering, environmental and planning industries, Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) is comprised of talented, multi-disciplinary professionals able to help diverse groups of companies in many fields. Corridor board member and CEO Chad Surprenant has been a driver in the expansion of ISG. ISG is committed […]

John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group

John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group
Urbandale, IA John Deere is forging new industry standards for precision and productivity through work performed at their Urbandale, Iowa, location. The John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group is the company’s premier development facility specializing in creating technology used in maximizing crop yields and bettering food production infrastructure. By employing a mix of over 800 software developers, […]


Kemin Industries
Des Moines, IA With a portfolio of more than 500 specialty ingredients, food additives and dietary supplements, Kemin Industries’ work in creating molecular solutions for healthy living has resonated tremendously among food producers worldwide. Products manufactured by Kemin at their Des Moines, Iowa, facility span a range of natural and synthetic ingredients with applications in personal care, […]


Kent Corporation
Muscatine, IA Kent Corporation is a family operated business. Headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, Kent Corporation employs 1,600 people through multiple operating subsidiaries including Grain Processing Corporation (GPC), Kent Nutrition Group (KNG), Kent Pet Group (KPG) and Kent Precision Foods Group. Kent Corporation is an expert in the production of animal feeds, manufacturing food products and corn wet milling. GPC creates corn-based products such […]


Monsanto Huxley Learning Center
Huxley, IA

Monsanto Huxley Learning Center: Monsanto is a leader in the biotechnology and seed industry. With the goal of sharing industry-leading knowledge and research, Monsanto has developed learning centers to provide growers, dealers and agronomists with information about their production practices. Located in Huxley, Iowa, Monsanto’s Huxley Learning Center is one of four learning centers and […]

National Animal Disease Center

National Animal Disease Center
Ames, IA The National Animal Disease Center is a federally funded research facility dedicated to investigating and producing technology related to eliminating infectious, genetic and metabolic diseases that affect livestock and poultry across the United States. Established in the heart of the Cultivation Corridor in Ames, Iowa, in 1956, the center is now among the world’s […]

NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
Iowa State University Research Park, Ames, IA As one of the National Science Foundation’s twenty Engineering Research Centers in the country and the only to focus on pioneering biorenewable chemicals, the Ames, Iowa, lab is a valuable resource in the Cultivation Corridor. The Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) endeavors to reduce reliance on traditional fossil-based carbon sources by producing […]

Renewable Energy Group

Renewable Energy Group
Ames, IA The Renewable Energy Group has an extensive reach in the U.S. biorenewables industry, with 10 biodiesel refineries and supplemental research and development facilities located across the country. REG’s Ames, Iowa, headquarters marks the operational and geographic center of their extensive distribution network, which utilizes the Cultivation Corridor’s placement at the crossroads of national highway […]

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Stine Seed
Adel, IA On the western edge of the Cultivation Corridor, Stine Seed is a family owned company that leads the way in corn and soybean seed genetics, research and agronomy. The company is the largest independent seed producer in the country. Stine’s goal is to create outstanding products that maximize profitability for their customers. Many of […]

The Bioeconomy Institute

The Bioeconomy Institute
Ames, IA The Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) at Iowa State University seeks to advance the use of biorenewable resources for the production of fuels, energy, chemicals and materials. A university-wide initiative which coordinates research, educational and outreach activities related to biobased products and bioenergy, the institute was established to create consistency and encourage collaboration among the diverse […]

Norman Borlaug

The World Food Prize
Des Moines, IA A jewel of Cultivation Corridor, The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have fought hunger and advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Often called the “Nobel Prize for Food,” The World Food Prize was created in 1986 […]


Vermeer Manufacturing Company
Pella, IA Agricultural production, construction, natural resource management, utility efficiency, and biomass harvesting and processing all fall under the umbrella of Vermeer Manufacturing’s industrial production capabilities. Founded in Pella, Iowa, in 1948, the heavy machinery manufacturer continues to operate at their original site inside the Cultivation Corridor and now exports its products to more than 60 […]