DuPont Opens New Seed Production Plant to Meet Increasing Demand for Pioneer(R) Brand Canola

    Pioneer Hi-Bred to Increase Canola Production by 58 Percent in 2008

    ALBERTA, Canada, March 27 /CNW/ -- DuPont (NYSE:   DD) today announced its
Pioneer Hi-Bred business has opened a new state-of-the-art canola production
facility in Lethbridge here, to meet an increased demand for its
high-performing Pioneer(R) brand canola hybrids. The addition of the new seed
production plant is part of the business's strategy to be the canola market
leader by 2012.
    "The investments we have made in canola research are paying off in
increased sales," said Paul E. Schickler, DuPont vice president and general
manager and Pioneer president. "This new plant, along with recent enhancements
to our distribution strategy, will ensure our customers are provided what they
expect from Pioneer -- a consistent, reliable supply of high-quality, high-
performing seed."
    DuPont recently announced that its Pioneer and crop protection businesses
have teamed up to increase points of sale in Western Canada. Pioneer will
increase its seed production acreage by 58 percent in 2008 to meet increased
demand for its canola hybrids.
    The new $12 million plant also includes office, warehouse and bulk
storage space and will handle all aspects of Pioneer(R) brand canola seed
growing, cleaning, conditioning, packaging and distribution. Specifically
designed for hybrid canola, the plant covers 30,000 square feet and currently
employs more than 20 people. The plant is accredited by ISO 9001 and the
Canadian Seed Institute.
    The plant is part of DuPont's strategic plan to grow its seed business
globally and specifically to increase its presence in Western Canada, where
the majority of North American canola is grown.
    Pioneer offers a robust selection of canola hybrids and traits and
intends to introduce a proprietary glyphosate herbicide resistant trait under
the Optimum(R) brand by the middle of the next decade.
    "Pioneer Hi-Bred will continue to use its worldwide resources and
extensive investment in research to deliver top-performing canola hybrids,"
Schickler said. "We will also be there with growers in their communities to
provide support, agronomic expertise and leading-edge genetics all through the
growing and harvest season."
    Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world's leading source of
customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed
processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to
advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.
    DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802,
DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a
better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70
countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for
markets including agriculture and food; building and construction;
communications; and transportation.
    The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont(TM), The miracles of science(TM), Pioneer(R)
and Optimum(R) are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its

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