For Dow AgroSciences And Now Corteva, Indiana is Home

Posted: Updated:

Almost 30 years ago, an enterprising group of women and men right here in Indianapolis launched what would become one of the most innovative ventures in the world of agriculture - Dow AgroSciences.

They created more than just an economically viable business. They built a life sciences enterprise that would have a major, positive impact on farmers, families and communities across Indiana, the nation and the world.

Now we are joining forces with other leaders in agriculture innovation, DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection, to create Corteva Agriscience, a global company whose roots will remain very deep here in Indiana with our Indianapolis Global Business Center. While building the strongest foundation possible for this new enterprise has required some short-term changes, over the long-term, we will continue to have strong levels of employment here.

It is important to know that what does not change is the vision and legacy of those first scientists, researchers, project managers and administrators. Their vision lives on in the form of thousands of high-paying jobs for the people of Central Indiana, and a vibrant economic and social imprint.

Indeed, the founders of the joint venture that created Dow AgroSciences in 1989 made a deep and unbending commitment to this great state and its extraordinary people. A commitment to jobs, prosperity, economic development, education and community wellbeing that has flourished over the past three decades.

Today, I am proud to say that Corteva Agriscience, our new brand that represents our previous entities, remains just as committed and steadfast in our belief in this community and its people, businesses and institutions.

Please allow me to be very clear: We're not going anywhere. Dow AgroSciences and our 1,500 people in Central Indiana will continue to call Indiana home, and in fact our numbers here will undoubtedly only increase in the years to come.

Without question, our Global Business Center located in the northwest corner of Marion County is one of the most critical enablers to our future growth - an innovation hub that brings forth unprecedented capabilities in advanced biotechnology and crop protection systems that are improving the lives of farmers, communities and consumers around the world.

My own commitment to the city of Indianapolis began 19 years ago when my family and I moved here from India. While my passion for advancing agriculture is what brought me here, what I found is the people of Indiana welcomed my family and me in ways I would have never expected. That "Hoosier Hospitality" drives us to continue to find new ways to keep Indiana growing and welcoming the many who can help us drive innovation and meet a grand challenge.

That challenge is feeding a growing world which requires significant advancements in crop protection and biotechnology solutions to protect our food sources, enhance their growth potential, and improve their nutritional value. With two billion people being added to the planet over the next 30 years, we’re going to see unprecedented food demand as wealth grows, consumer expectations change, and natural resources become scarcer.

No industry plays a bigger role in improving our food system and environment than agriculture, and we are positioned to be a leader. Our Indianapolis Global Business Center is delivering a robust pipeline of new crop protection systems that enhance the productivity of important food sources and biotech solutions that help conserve water, reduce waste and improve yields for farmers here in the U.S. and all around the world.

None of this could have been accomplished without the skill and commitment of the women and men of Dow AgroSciences based in Indianapolis. And we’re just getting started. As Corteva Agriscience there is so much more to come here in the Hoosier state. It’s been said that, as the crossroads of America, all roads do indeed come through Indiana. We could not agree more, and that’s why the people of this great state should continue to expect our ongoing support and investment.

We’re proud to continue to be your friends, neighbors and supporters - today, tomorrow and for years to come.

Rajan Gajaria is the Indianapolis-based Vice President of Crop Protection for Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont.

  • Perspectives

    • A Pro Photographer Can Be Your Best Friend

      It's no surprise that an estimated 8.8 trillion photos were taken worldwide during 2018, given that most of us carry high-quality cameras in our phones. But shooting all those photos doesn't make us photographers. Digital technology has become a powerful equalizer in so many ways. Everyday people have access to tools that are far more sophisticated than what professionals had at their disposal a couple decades ago. High-school-age musicians can craft 24-track studio recordings in the...
    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Local Real Estate Team Appoints CEO

      Evelo Team, with Keller Williams Realty, has promoted Hannah Perkey to chief executive officer. She started with the team in 2015 and most recently served as director of operations. As CEO, Perkey will continue in the role that she has expanded into which includes oversight of all daily activities, leading the sales team, and providing strategic direction to the team.

    • Chamber Unveils 'Best Places to Work'

      The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has released its list of the Best Places to Work in Indiana. This year's list features 125 companies throughout the state, including more than 40 that were not on the list last year. The chamber will unveil company rankings April 30 at an awards dinner at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Winners are sorted into four categories based on size. Out-of-state parent companies must have at least 15 full-time employees in Indiana to...

    • Amendment Makes Major Change to Hate Crimes Bill

      A bill that would allow for longer sentences for hate crimes is moving forward with a significant change. Our partners at WIBC report the Senate passed an amendment Tuesday that removed the list of individual groups that would be covered under the law. Originally, Senate Bill 12 said a sentence could be lengthened if someone convicted of a crime was found to have deliberately targeted someone based on factors including race, religion, and sexual orientation, among others.

    • Lev Bringing Headquarters to Indy

      Marketing technology consulting firm Lev has announced plans to relocate its headquarters to Indianapolis. The company, which is currently based in Arizona, says it plans to hire 70 employees this year, part of a previously-announced effort to create up to 175 jobs by 2021. Lev has had a presence in Indianapolis for nearly three years and Chief Executive Officer Michael Burton says, since that time, the company has outgrown every space it has occupied in Indy. In an interview with...

    • Mixed-Use Project Proposed For Speedway Main Street

      A Fishers-based commercial real estate development firm is proposing an $8 million mixed-use development in Speedway. Rebar Development says the project would redevelop a section of Main Street that would include residential, office and retail space.