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Ag in Action

Corteva Agriscience annually contributes tens of thousands of dollars to local community organizations and causes, but more importantly, its employees dedicate thousands of hours of volunteer time to make the islands a better place.

Oct. 22, 2017

Kaua‘i Harvest Festival
More than 6,000 people from the Kaua‘i community came together for the Harvest Festival at Waimea Canyon Park on Sunday, Oct. 22. DuPont Pioneer employees raised money all year long for Relay for Life, where the employees represented Team Purple Palooza. Pictured here are Denise Moriguchi, left, Hali‘a Moriguchi and Sarah Styan. The Harvest Festival featured water slides, bounce houses, rides, games, Petting zoo, food, entertainment, music, and lots of free pumpkins. It was a great way to celebrate and support local agriculture. Watch the recap video here.

August 24-27, 2017

Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair
DuPont Pioneer bought cheer and entertainment to fairgoers during a four-day celebration of farming and ranching on Kaua‘i. Visitors to our booth enjoyed delicious buttery popcorn, which was made fresh with Plenish® High Oleic Soybean Oil– sourced from seeds produced and grown by DuPont Pioneer! Along with free snacks served up by our friendly employees, guests had a blast taking photos at our “Sun. Seeds. Aloha.” selfie booth and learning about our contributions to island agriculture.

August 10, 2017

Waimea Research Center’s Annual Review
Employees of DuPont Pioneer’s Waimea Research Center used their annual review as an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments in the workplace and community over the past year. Looking forward to the next, DuPont Pioneer employees remain committed to our Core Values and producing the best seeds for our farmer customers. Mahalo to our incredible team in Waimea and all our hard-working employees in the Islands – we can’t wait for what the next year will bring!

July 15 & 16, 2017

Hawai‘i State Farm Fair
DuPont Pioneer employees on O‘ahu made a splash at this year’s farm fair event with the theme, “Sun. Seeds. Aloha.” Telling our story through simple concepts, employees shared with residents about who we are and Pioneer’s role in Hawai‘i agriculture. Visitors to the booth took photos at the selfie booth complete with props and a custom Snapchat filter. The informational tables featured examples of Pioneer’s work to research and grow the best seeds throughout the islands. This year’s theme of “Growing for Your Future” made for another amazing Hawai‘i State Farm Fair, hosted annually by the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau Federation in partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Agriculture and Hawaii State 4-H Livestock Council.

July 4, 2017

A Fourth of July to Remember
While the Fourth of July holiday encourages the community to come together and rejoice, the celebration in Kekaha meant something extra special for our employees this year. At the event, DuPont Pioneer and other companies within the seed industry were honored by E Ola Mau Na Leo O Kekaha, a community organization that promotes a sense of pride, responsibility and leadership among Kekaha residents. DuPont Pioneer and our employees are humbled by this recognition of our community initiatives and we remain committed to supporting our neighbors, schools and local organizations here on Kaua‘i.

June 29, 2017

Welcoming UH Coaches with Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce
Outside of our day-to-day operations, June was a busy month for DuPont Pioneer as we helped the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce plan and host an unforgettable membership meeting. We were honored to be part of an evening that showcased the true talent of this community and helped to build important connections between local coaches and athletic leaders from the University of Hawai‘i. Mahalo to all who helped make the event possible.

June 10, 2017

Jerry Rice Football Camp
A longstanding member of Hawai‘i’s community, DuPont Pioneer is proud to support sports programs for local youth. Together with the Family & Friends of Agriculture, DuPont Pioneer helped young athletes experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a one-day interactive football camp with Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice. More than 200 youth and their parents enjoyed a high energy, positive environment learning about football fundamentals and sportsmanship from professional athletes and local heroes.

June 1, 2017

Irrigation Installation at COYSA Haleiwa
DuPont Pioneer employees care deeply for their neighbors and go above and beyond to take care of the communities in which we operate. To support the Central O‘ahu Youth Services Association, employees of Waialua Parent Seed donated time and materials to help the non-profit install an irrigation system at its Haleiwa site. The water infrastructure will maintain a new grassy recreational space planted by our volunteers and help further the organization’s mission to provide positive and empowering experiences for Hawai‘i’s at-risk youth.

April 29, 2017

Kaua‘i Relay for Life 2017
In the spirit of remembering lost loved ones through fellowship and proudly celebrating cancer survivors, DuPont Pioneer employees teamed up for the 15th year to support Hananpepe’s annual Relay for Life. Decked in their best Nightmare Before Christmas themed gear, employees and their families participated in the overnight event, which was a culmination of their year-round fundraising efforts. Through creative activities, DuPont Pioneer raised a grand total $17,670 to support the continuation of care services on Kaua‘i and ongoing scientific research for a cure.

April 29, 2017

Helping Students Excel in STEM
Through its support of the Hawai‘i State Science Olympiad, DuPont Pioneer is able to provide interactive learning opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Employees from Waimea Research Center volunteered their time and talents to create engaging activities for elementary school students participating in this year’s tournament. By fostering a love for science among our keiki, DuPont Pioneer is investing in the next generation of Hawai‘i.

April 21, 2017

Celebrating Earth Day
In celebration of Earth Day, DuPont Pioneer employees on Kaua‘i took part in the Navy’s “Earth Day at the Bay” event, helping to raise awareness about environmental stewardship and the importance of resource conservation among local students. The theme “Building Strength Through Stewardship” set the stage for Taryn Dizon and Kristen Ma to explain the responsible practices we employee at our farms to avoid impacts to the environment and preserve land for the future, such as soil conservation and IPM, as well as efforts to reduce our carbon footprint through use of a solar PV system at Waimea Research Center.

April 13 & 20, 2017

Visitors to Waimea Research Center
Demonstrating our commitment to provide learning opportunities in STEM education, employees from Waimea Research Center manned activity stations with a focus on science and agriculture for roughly 120 second-graders at Wilcox Elementary School. In addition to the exciting opportunity to sit on one of our tractors, students rotated through educational stations where they could create seed art, visit our lab, take a site tour and learn about insects on the farm.

April 5-7, 2017

Hands-On Learning at WCMS
Through educational outreach, DuPont Pioneer is cultivating curiosity and innovative thinking among learners of all ages. Our employees on Kaua‘i visited science classes at Waimea Canyon Middle School to reinforce the students’ curriculum with real-world examples of our work at Pioneer. Over the course of a three-day learning module, our employees facilitated activities to help more than 140 students understand functions of DNA, gene sequencing and genetic variation, including a hands-on DNA extraction from papaya samples.

March 14, 2017

Paying it Forward at Kunia Research Center

DuPont Pioneer takes seriously its commitment to give back to the communities in which we operate, and our employees sure know how to have fun doing it, too! Through efforts of the “Human Sundae” event last fall, employees at Kunia Research Center raised more than $3,800.00 to support Aloha United Way’s annual campaign.

Returning the kindness, representatives from AUW visited our facility this week and took our employees completely by surprise: in a “Random Act of Aloha,” workers received ice cream and many thanks for their dedication to the non-profit cause that serves more than 830,000 Hawaii residents. Mahalo to the Aloha United Way for sharing with us the spirit of giving!

March 4, 2017

Read Across America

DuPont Pioneer is proud to support educational opportunities for all ages, and through sponsorship, helped to promote the joys of reading and literacy at a recent Read Across America event in Lihu‘e. A book fair by Usborne Books was one of the big draws of the event that featured special guest readers reading stories to keiki and young adults. The event benefits Kumu’s Cupboard, Kaua‘i’s new nonprofit store where teachers can shop for free classroom supplies.

February 23-25, 2017

Giving Back to the Kaua‘i Community

Demonstrating its commitment to being a good neighbor, employees of DuPont Pioneer’s Waimea Research Center teamed up to help with three back-to-back community events: an Adopt-A-Highway cleanup and an Adopt-A-Park cleanup, followed by participation in the Waimea Town Celebration where volunteers helped to keep visitors hydrated with sodas and water. The dedicated work of more than 20 employees made a giant impact in a short span of three days, lending to cleaner roadsides, graffiti-free playground equipment, and celebration of the close-knit town that DuPont Pioneer is proud to be a part of!

February 21, 2017

Tourism Day at the Capitol

Partnering with the Hawai‘i Tourism and Lodging Association, DuPont Pioneer joined hotels and other tourism businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to exhibit its work and outreach initiatives in Hawai‘i. An opportunity to educate elected officials and stakeholders in the hospitality industry, DuPont Pioneer showcased their famous sunflowers in Waialua, and support for STEM education in schools and through educational programs based on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i.

October 2016

Supporting Students and Sciences at Waimea High School

During the fall semester, employees of DuPont Pioneer’s Kaua‘i site delivered a donation of lab goggles to Carlene Barber's science classes at Waimea High School. Passing along the company’s Core Value of Safety & Health, each student will now enjoy his or her very own pair of protective eyewear, allowing them to conduct lab experiments in a way that is sanitary and avoid impacts of splashes or vapors. In addition to the fun students had trying on the goggles, the school's office appreciated receiving one DuPont Pioneer’s Polar Bear pumpkins!

February 1, 2017

Raising Funds for Kaua‘i Relay for Life

Throughout the year, DuPont Pioneer employees organize numerous events and activities to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and give back to the Kaua‘i community. Gearing up for the annual event in Hanapepe, employees at the Waimea Research Center held a fundraiser to support Relay for Life Team Purple Palooza. Box lunches prepared raised $1,145 toward the team’s goal of $10,000.

January 14, 2017

Hawaii State Science Olympiad

To provide additional educational opportunities for Kaua‘i students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, DuPont Pioneer employees volunteered their time to coordinate events for the Hawaii State Science Olympiad regional tournament. Pioneer also helped sponsor breakfast and lunch at the event so students could focus their energy on competing! Congrats to all the winners and bravo to all of the students for their hard work!

December 6, 2016

Ringing Bells for Salvation Army

While some of our crops are seasonal, our employees’ kindness is always evergreen. To ring in holiday cheer and share the spirit of giving, DuPont Pioneer employees volunteered to ring bells for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign on Kaua‘i. The donations received at storefronts during the campaign will benefit homeless populations, feed the hungry and bring joy to families in need this holiday season.

December 17, 2016

Welcoming the Holidays in the Waimea Christmas Parade

Twinkling in a brigade of luminous festive floats, DuPont Pioneer employees spread holiday cheer during the annual Waimea Christmas Parade. True to their commitment to environmental stewardship, the team constructed a jolly candy-studded gingerbread house using up-cycled household materials. Pioneer also provided popcorn for the spectators enjoying the parade from the Hofgaard Park area. Thanks to our dedicated Pioneer employees for spreading warmth and wonder to our friends and neighbors in the Waimea community!

October 2016

Pioneer Pumpkins Bring Joy to West Kaua‘i Schools

Bringing family together in spooktacular fashion this past Halloween, DuPont Pioneer generously donated 175 Kaua‘i grown pumpkins to various schools from their farming plots in Kekaha. ‘Ele‘ele School, Kekaha Elementary, Ke Kula O Ni‘ihau, and Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha (KANAKA) public charter schools received the pumpkins throughout October for their respective school pumpkin carving events, providing fun for the whole family through a tradition that is deeply rooted in agriculture.

September 21, 2016

Kekaha Elementary School Science and Math Night

Pioneer is proud to promote agricultural literacy and awareness through hands-on and interactive learning experiences. During Kekaha Elementary School’s biannual Science and Math Night, Pioneer offered computer stations featuring games from My American Farm, a program that teaches children math, reading, science and social studies skills in the context of food and farming. Employees helped the students of all ages navigate the website to select tailored learning experiences, and provided the “Passport To Sustainability,” which allows them to continue their educational exploration on the My American Farm website.

August 2016

Kunia Second Annual Human Sundae Fundraiser

Employees of Pioneer’s Kunia Research Center enjoyed the spirit of giving, along with the spirit of friendly competition, in the second year of its ingenious fundraiser for Aloha United Way. During the month of August, each site manager had a cash collection bucket for employees to fill. At the end of the month, the highest earning manager would earn the right to select any other to be part of a “sundae." Motivated by the opportunity to see their managers covered in ice cream, toppings and all, the total monies received rocketed to $3,800, surpassing last year’s total by more than $1,200. Aloha United Way was present at the event to receive the donation and thrilled by the activity, which kick-started their annual fundraising campaign.

August 27, 2016

Relay For Life – Team Pioneer Pre-Show and Movie Fundraiser

As part of their year-round fundraising activities for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, Team Pioneer of the Waimea Research Center hosted a special viewing of the movie Bad Moms. More than 160 guests enjoyed the evening at the Waimea Historical Theater, which included a wine tasting leading up to the film. Team Pioneer’s efforts resulted in excess of $4,500 that will fund groundbreaking cancer research, prevention, education and services for patients who live on Kaua‘i.

August 12, 2016

Waimea High School Soil Donation

By providing its resources and technical expertise, Pioneer has played a key role in expanding educational opportunities for students at Waimea High School. At the start of the school year, Pioneer donated ten bales of potting soil to support the school’s growing agricultural curriculum and student activities. Pioneer’s contribution increased garden area for students to plant various crops, and has enabled a new crop production class, which allows upperclassmen to grow, harvest and sell produce of their own.

August 1, 2016

Local Farmers and Lanakila Pacific 

On the first Monday of every month, Pioneer employees pack and deliver meals to seniors in need in the Waialua area. In an innovate partnership between Pioneer and Lanakila Pacific, Pioneer purchases produce from local farmers that would otherwise go to waste and donates it to the non-profit organization. The produce is then used to prepare fresh meals for Meals on Wheels and other community programs.

July 27, 2016

Welcome Back Week Lunch

To thank educators in the Waialua community, Pioneer employees partnered with other local businesses to provide lunch for more than 100 teachers and staff at Waialua Intermediate and High School. Busy making preparations for their students’ return, more than 100 faculty members enjoyed good food, conversation and an hour to relax before the first day of school.

July 23, 2016

Waipahu High School Community Clean Up Day

In preparation for the new school year, Pioneer employees from the Kunia Research Center worked alongside other volunteers to prepare a new workspace for the Academy of Natural Resources at Waipahu High School. Pioneer provided equipment, tools, supplies, snacks and labor to help clear out areas in need of maintenance for the school to expand and utilize a space for hands-on learning. With Safety & Health as one of its Core Values, Pioneer also provided personal protective equipment for the more than 40 volunteers who participated in the clean up activities.

July 18-23, 2016

Seeds 4 Tomorrow

Pioneer was a key supporter of the Seeds 4 Tomorrow summer program at the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center in Kunia. Pioneer contributed thousands of dollars to support the weeklong seminar, offering hands-on educational activities for students with an interest in food production, conservation, science and other related fields. As role models for the next generation of farmers in Hawai‘i, Pioneer employees also volunteered to talk to students about the many great career opportunities available in agriculture.

July 19, 2016

Hawai‘i AgDiscovery

Pioneer employees welcomed students to Waialua Parent Seed as part of this year’s Hawai‘i AgDiscovery summer program. Partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Pioneer offered a select group of students a first-hand look at the many career paths in agriculture.

The group, comprised of high school students from across the U.S. and Hawai‘i, toured Pioneer’s demonstration plots, where they learned about integrated pest management (IPM) and environmental stewardship practices. They also inspected corn samples and learned how to test for the presence of desired crop traits.

July 2016

Flowers from Mālaola

Members of Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua recently participated in a work-gather day at the Mālaola. After helping to remove weeds from the garden, they gathered purple crown flower for lei to be sewn and worn the next day at the Prince Lot Hula Festival at Moanalua Gardens. The garden at Kunia continues to provide lasting value as a cultural and educational resource for the community.

July 15, 2016

GoFarm Irrigation Seminar 

Pioneer has a vested interest in empowering local farmers to succeed and carries out this mission through partnerships with local agricultural entities, such as GoFarm Hawai‘i. Waialua Parent Seed was proud to sponsor an irrigation seminar by Lafe Young of Wai Engineering to educate members of GoFarm Hawai‘i’s AgPro cohort on O‘ahu’s North Shore. Topics included basics of drip irrigation, automation using timers, crop water use and efficiency. Providing hands-on experience for the farmers, participants were able to set timers, irrigation cycles, adjust pressure reducing valves, and walked their own plots to talk about crop water use and soil capacity for holding water.

July 9-10, 2016

Hawai‘i State Farm Fair

Eager to share about DuPont Pioneer’s Core Values and environmental stewardship practices, Pioneer employees and their family members served as ambassadors at the 54th annual Hawai‘i State Farm Fair. Pioneer’s informational booth featured examples of cover crops planted in the fields as a responsible farming measure, and microscopes to offer visitors a close look at some of the “good” bugs Pioneer uses to help alleviate pest pressure among crops.

For the keiki, Pioneer debuted “My American Farm” – an interactive game on the iPad that teaches children about the wonderful world of farming while they practice skills in reading in math. Lines of families also gathered at the booth to decorate headbands representing the “bugs we love” in a popular crafting activity. More than 14,000 residents attended the summer event, which is hosted annually by the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau Federation in partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Agriculture.

June 30, 2016

County of Kaua‘i Adopt-A-Park program 

As stewards of the environment through their work, and stewards of the communities in which they live work and play, employees of the Waimea Research Center recently adopted Waimea Canyon Park through the county’s Adopt-A-Park program. Nine employees participated in the first monthly cleanup by removing the graffiti from the playground equipment, and power washing the playground area and bathrooms. Employees also repainted the worn picnic tables in the pavilion. Through ongoing volunteerism and support, Pioneer employees are making the park a better and safer place for the community to enjoy.

May 7, 2016

Waimea Open House 

In celebration of the company’s 90th anniversary, DuPont Pioneer welcomed Kaua‘i residents to tour and enjoy festivities at the Waimea Research Center. Hundreds of guests enjoyed family activities and facility tours, hearing directly from employees about Pioneer’s contributions to the local farming community. See highlights from the event here.

April 23, 2016

Kaua‘i Relay for Life

This spring, DuPont Pioneer employees joined survivors, caregivers, ‘ohana and friends for its 14th year at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in Hanapepe. Breaking its previous record, Team Pioneer raised more than $15,000 through sales of baked goods, mochi, Portuguese bean soup and much more to support the community event and raise awareness for the fight against cancer. 

December 19, 2015

Waimea Christmas Parade

DuPont Pioneer employees from Waimea Research Center built a Willy Wonka themed float and entered it in the 20th Annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade joining dozens of community groups representing keiki to kupuna. Pioneer employees dressed as characters from the Willy Wonka film and walked alongside the float to pass out candy canes. The Pioneer team also provided popcorn for the spectators enjoying the parade from the Hofgaard Park area. 

October 25, 2015

Kaua‘i Harvest Festival

The 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Festival took place at Waimea Canyon Park with the support of Pioneer and Kaua‘i’s agricultural community. In a daylong celebration of the fall season, the festive event featured children’s activities, a petting zoo and pumpkin giveaway. The nearly 500 pumpkins that took center stage were grown on the Garden Island and harvested by Pioneer. Leading up to the Harvest Festival, Pioneer employees participated in pumpkin deliveries to local schools. See the celebration for yourself in this video.

October 3, 2015

Hawaii Foodbank

This year, Pioneer helped to end hunger among local communities on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i through a partnership with the Hawaii Foodbank, which continually aims to increase distribution of locally grown produce to island residents. To support the efforts of Hawaii Foodbank, its island chapters, and the Kaua‘i Independent Foodbank, Pioneer donated a total of 3,485 pounds of fresh produce, which provided food to feed 287,000 people on both islands, collectively.

August 2015

School Supply Drive

Recognizing the escalating costs of back-to-school shopping and the strain it puts on families in our community, DuPont Pioneer employees of the Kunia Research Center held a school supply drive in an effort to give all children the same chance to succeed in the classroom. The school supplies collected during the month of August were donated to Waipahu, Ka‘imiloa, Honowai, and Pohakea elementary schools, which were selected based on the percentage of students that qualified for free or reduced lunches. In all four schools selected over 60% of the students qualified for free or reduced lunch. Waipahu Elementary tops that list in our community with 87% of the students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

July 2015

Clothing Drive for Child & Family Service

Dedicated to supporting the well-being of families in our community, Pioneer employees in Kunia hosted a clothing drive to support Child & Family Service (CFS). Throughout the month of July, employees donated and collected gently used clothing to support one of Hawai‘i’s largest nonprofit organizations that touches the lives of more than 40,000 people annually. CFS has been part of our community for more than 115 years and is a family-centered, full-service organization with more than 35 programs statewide.

May 2015

Aloha United Way

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”     

During the month of May, employees of Kunia Research Center held a “Human Sundae” event to raise funds for Aloha United Way. Canisters with pictures of managers were displayed in the front office where employees could donate money to the canister representing their manager of choice. In the end, the manager whose canister had the most money got to choose another manager to be “sundaed.” With the help of fierce and friendly competition, the departments raised more than $2,500 for Aloha United Way to fund programs that touch more than 830,000 lives locally each year. Pioneer employees shared laughs, camaraderie and took pride in building community support together in a site-wide effort.


April 25-26, 2015

Sweet Onion Festival
Pioneer was a key sponsor and supporter of Aloun Farms’ popular Sweet Onion Festival in West O‘ahu. The weekend of fun on the farm included fresh produce for the picking, complimentary hayrides and lively entertainment. Committed to supporting the local community, Pioneer employees offered keiki arts and crafts, microscope exhibits and free pollinator seeds.

April 25, 2015

Kaua‘i Relay for Life

Invested in Kaua‘i’s community for more than four decades, Pioneer employees annually volunteer their own time and make significant contributions to American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in Hanapepe. This year, Pioneer’s team raised more than $13,000 through efforts that included lunch and bake sales, as well as an exercise class with a silent auction.

April 18, 2015

Calabash & Cooks

In Kapolei, Mālama Learning Center held its signature culinary fundraising event, “Calabash & Cooks,” which took guests on a tasty adventure with renowned local chefs and a spotlight on farm-to-table cuisine. Pioneer was pleased to be a part of this event and continually supports the Center’s mission to teach and inspire communities to create healthy living environments. To see event highlights, click here, or watch this video to learn more about our flourishing community partnership with Mālama Learning Center. 

April 16, 2015

Ag Day at the Capitol
Hosted by the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau, the 9th annual Ag Day at the Capitol brought together farmers, processors and distributors of local products to provide learning opportunities for legislators and the public. Pioneer employees hosted lawmakers and community members to talk story about how the company helps to support local agriculture in the islands.

April 7, 2015

Agriculture & Environmental Awareness Day

In partnership with the University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR), DuPont Pioneer’s Kunia and Waialua teams taught eager local fifth graders about “Bugs we love”. Students enjoyed seeing both beneficial and harmful insects under the microscope and gained a greater understanding of the challenges that all farmers face when managing bugs and insects while growing healthy crops.

In addition, DuPont Pioneer’s Waimea team partners with the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau and CTAHR to host an annual Agriculture & Environmental Awareness Day on the island of Kaua‘i. At this event, employees provide instructions for making corn plastic to demonstrate the versatile uses of the crop Pioneer grows at each of its three farms.

Local Farmers and Lanakila Pacific 

An innovate partnership between Pioneer, local produce farmers and Lanakila Pacific, the non-profit oranization uses Grade B produce to prepare fresh meals for Meals on Wheels and other community programs. Pioneer purchases the produce and delivers fresh meals to those in need on a monthly basis.