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Pioneer Hi-Bred Research Center in Algona, Iowa, Celebrates 70th Anniversary


Holds Open House Showcasing Latest Crop Development Technologies

ALGONA, Iowa. – Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, hosted an open house event today to mark the 70th anniversary of its Algona Research Center. The event was attended by growers, employees and their families, vendors and community representatives.

“Pioneer has a long history in Algona, with a research center and a production location located in the middle of a lot of very productive corn and soybean acres,” said Joe Gogerty, a senior research scientist in Algona. “We are very proud of our local development and testing efforts to help growers get the right product on the right acre to maximize productivity.”

For 70 years, the Algona Research Center has conducted research to benefit farmers throughout North America and around the world, focusing on the agronomic and production challenges affecting growers in the northern half of Iowa and a portion of southern Minnesota. It is one of nearly 100 Pioneer research centers around the world.

Pioneer has invested nearly $3 million in capital improvements in the Algona Research Center over the last three years. The investment includes a major building project, the addition of 10 new positions, expanded research for hybrid seed production, and the addition of a soybean research program.

“Our primary goals are the same today as they were 70 years ago when Pioneer established a research presence here – to develop the best, most productive products for our customers,” said Gogerty. “The difference today is we have a much broader assortment of crop genetics research tools and techniques to help growers get the most from each acre.”

Pioneer has had a research presence in the area since 1939, when Perry Collins established the first Research Center on a farm between Ottosen and Rolfe, about 20 miles southwest of Algona. It was moved to its current location in Algona in 1943.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world’s leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.


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