DuPont building $35M soybean research facility in Newark

By Amy Cherry 4:54pm, August 14, 2014 - Updated 5:56pm, August 14, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry reports on the groundbreaking on DuPont's latest facility.
Newark will be home to one of the most sophisticated soybean research facilities in the country.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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"Finding ways to improve the end use value of crops like soybean."

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That's the type of in-depth research that will happen inside DuPont Pioneer's $35 million center on the Stine Haskell campus.

Neal Gutterson, Vice President of Agriculture Biotechnology says the new DuPont building will have two state-of-the-art automated greenhouses and a controlled environment facility.

"The increasing capacity for us will be about a 30 percent increase in soybean plant testing, which will accelerate our ability to bring new varieties of soybean to the market," said Gutterson.

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Gutterson also used the groundbreaking to tout the company's innovative Plenish soybean, which was developed at DuPont's Experimental Station. Plenish is now being grown on 6,000 acres in Delaware that results in 300,000 bushels this year.

"It's the first biotech product to bring value all the way across the food chain from farmers to consumers," he said.

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The product contains zero trans fat, less saturated fat, more heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and oleic acids compared to other cooking oils.

Soybean farmers like Wayne Stafford said this facility will represent another investment in the long-term success of farmers. Stafford and other farmers support DuPont's goal to feed, clothe, and fuel nine billion people by the year 2050.

"And it simply wouldn't be possible, if we're stuck using the same old approaches and the same old tools, and that's why facilities like this one are so important," said Stafford.

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Ground was broken on the new soybean research facility Thursday. DuPont hopes the research center will be complete in 2016.

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