Press Release •  11/9/2018

Corteva Agriscience™ Celebrates New Lab Building in Kekaha with Blessing Ceremony

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Nearly $3 Million in Building Improvements Will Expand Research Capabilities in the Islands

KEKAHA, KAUA‘I, Hawai‘i, Nov. 9, 2018 – Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, opened a newly updated lab building in Kekaha and held a blessing ceremony today.  Nearly $3 million in building renovations will accommodate the growing research needs of the company.

“We’re excited to unveil a new lab building that will expand the research capabilities of Corteva in Hawaii,” said Judith Rivera, Hawaii Research Lead for Corteva Agriscience. “It’s the first step in an ongoing project that will increase our capacity to conduct research operations indoors, which will, in turn, provide environmental benefits, while reducing the need for additional lands.”

The building will comprise office spaces and a lab to support the activity in the shade houses, the first phase of which are expected to be completed by the end of the year. The lab will also create 20 to 30 jobs.

Corteva Agriscience broke ground on the shade house project in February after receiving approval from the state Department of Agriculture. The structures will increase capacity and incorporate new, more efficient technologies. The additional $12 million worth of expansions and improvements for the shade house project will benefit the local economy and enhance the Corteva Agriscience research network in Waimea and Kekaha. Four new shade structures are expected to be completed by the end of the year, with additional structures expected to be built over the next few years.

About Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont                 

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is intended to become an independent, publicly traded company when the previously announced spinoff is complete by June 2019. The division combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences. Corteva Agriscience provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry — including some of the most recognized brands in agriculture: Pioneer®, Encirca®, the newly launched Brevant Seeds, as well as award-winning Crop Protection products — while bringing new products to market through our solid pipeline of active chemistry and technologies. More information can be found at

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