Across a spectrum of humanitarian, industrial, environmental and commercial applications, the work in Iowa’s heartland to advance plant sciences is proving vital for a sustainable and prosperous global future.
The Cultivation Corridor has long been the location of choice for top agronomy and plant genetics companies due to the rich natural resources that make the region an ideal test bed for new crop development. Prized by growers worldwide for their high yields and disease- and pest-resistant properties, the cultivars and genotypes created in Iowa are continuing to revolutionize the plant science industry through a focus on global technology transfer and competitive economic development. Hundreds of new plant technologies spanning corn and soybean seeds to industrial enzymes are exported from the Corridor each year as a foundational ingredient for agronomy programs across the globe as demand for food and plant-based ingredients, pharmaceuticals and biorenewables grows.
Bioscience employment in the agricultural feedstock and chemical subsector is more concentrated in Iowa than in any other state.
Iowa’s research and development expenditures in biosciences are 12 percent higher than the national average.
At over $8 million per deal, Iowa is second in the nation for the average dollar amount of venture capitalist investments.
Iowa is second in the nation for both entrepreneurial and patent activity per capita.
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
This multinational provider of food additives has located their North American regional headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.
Eurofins, an international leader in lab analytics and testing, has based their U.S. headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.