York County - A hotbed of corn research

17 Aug 2015

Wired magazine recently published an article that featured Monsanto’s production of new specialty vegetables. According to the article, “The lettuce, peppers, and broccoli—plus a melon and an onion, with a watermelon soon to follow—aren’t genetically modified at all. Monsanto created all these veggies using good old-fashioned crossbreeding, the same tech­nology that farmers have been using to optimize crops for millennia.” http://www.wired.com/2014/01/new-monsanto-vegetables/


Monsanto, along with seed companies Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, have locations in York County, Nebraska. All are doing research and development in the county. Monsanto opened its corn seed research facility near Waco in 2006, and has since expanded. Tax incentives were critical to the company’s decision to move to the county. http://www.yorknewstimes.com/news/state-dignitaries-celebrate-monsanto-s-first-year/article_d9153e7d-d201-524f-a4bf-0def0ebf09b4.html Dow AgroSciences also does corn research at its Mycogen Seeds York Research Station in the City of York. http://www.dowagro.com/newsroom/corporate/2010/20100618a.htm Pioneer Hi-Bred International began its research into drought-resistant corn in its York research facility in 1957. http://www.pioneer.com/home/site/about/business/who-we-are/our-heritage/


Making agricultural businesses a success in the county is a goal of the York County Development Corporation. For a list of tax incentives and financing options to help your ag business grow, see http://www.yorkdevco.com/york/site-selectors/incentives-and-financing.


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