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News Briefs June 10, 2019

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Local Pioneer agronomists are a rich source of agronomic knowledge for farmers. Thanks to modern technology, farmers can bring that knowledge to the field with the Pioneer® GrowingPoint® Agronomy app.

This week’s briefs include cold stress and emerging corn, hail damage, and using the GrowingPoint Agronomy app. 

Want to speak with an expert on these or other topics? Contact Kacey Birchmier at kacey.birchmier@corteva.com.

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Accenture Collaborates with Corteva Agriscience on Pilot Program to Bring Technology Skilling to Rural Iowa

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JEFFERSON, Iowa; June 5, 2019 — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Corteva Agriscience (NYSE: CTVA) announced today during a press conference with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, a collaboration bringing together non-profit groups, higher education organizations, and government leaders to help individuals and educators in Jefferson, Iowa, acquire technology skills while remaining in their rural communities.

Together with the Des Moines Area Community College(DMACC), the pilot program is designed to train students and educators in rural Jefferson – a community of 4,300 people 65 miles northwest of Des Moines – in high-demand, high-value software development technology skills.

“The vibrant collaboration between our business professionals and educators is preparing Iowans for cutting-edge careers in the ever-changing 21st century economy,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Accenture and Corteva Agriscience’s investment in Jefferson sends a clear message that rural Iowa can be a tech hub to keep our young people here and attract others.”

Starting in fall 2019, Corteva will fund 25 scholarships for students in DMACC’s Computer Languages programwhere they will receive computer science training. Upon completing their studies, select graduates will participate in a four-month commercial software development training program at a new office Accenture is opening in September 2019. 

“Providing students and educators with technology skilling is good for business, good for Jefferson and good for Iowa,” said Pallavi Verma, senior managing director – Midwest, Accenture. “Together with Corteva Agriscience and other like-minded organizations, we’re looking forward to preparing Jefferson’s future workforce for the digital economy.” 

“We are proud to provide 25 rural scholarships to Des Moines Area Community College and fund training for local teachers in the types of critical thinking skills and software development programs that will be necessary for today’s youth to drive the future of sustainable agriculture,” said Jim Alcombright, IT Digital and Platforms Lead, Corteva Agriscience. “We’re looking forward to teaming with Accenture and expect the students who participate in the company’s technology training program to one day contribute new valuable digital tools that better the agriculture industry.” 

The Jefferson skilling and workforce development pilot program has also attracted participation from Silicon Valley non-profit organization, The Tech, which will help the Greene County Community School District to better prepare students for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers. The Tech will conduct an in-person professional development session sponsored by Corteva for Greene County educators on June 6, 2019. The organization will continue to support curriculum development and individual educators throughout the 2019-2020 school year. 

“Many people who grow up in rural America feel they must inevitably relocate to pursue their education,” said Linc Kroeger, Accenture executive who leads the skilling and workforce rural revitalization initiative in Jefferson. “We can keep talent in rural areas by helping students gain valuable technology skills, which are critical for the jobs of today and tomorrow.” 

The pilot program was initiated by Pillar Technology, which was acquired by Accenture in 2018 to strengthen its Industry X.0 capabilities. Industry X.0 is the digital reinvention of industry where businesses use advanced digital technologies to transform core industrial operations, worker and customer experiences, and business models. The new Jefferson location will be designed as a Pillar Technology “Forge.” 

Accenture in the United States
Accenture is a leading professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Serving 95 of the Fortune 100 and more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500, Accenture employs an innovation-led approach to help clients imagine and invent their future. Accenture is consistently recognized as a Fortune Blue Ribbon Company and, with an unwavering commitment to inclusion and diversity, appears regularly on Fortune’s100 Best Companies to Work For and DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity lists. The company has more than 50,000 people and operations in 42 cities in the United States. Visit us at accenture.com/US.

About Corteva Agriscience
Corteva Agriscience provides farmers around the world with the most complete input portfolio in the industry to enable them to maximize yield and profitability — including some of the most recognized brands in agriculture: Pioneer®, Granular®, Brevant seeds, as well as award-winning Crop Protection products — while bringing new products to market through its robust pipeline of active chemistry and technologies. The company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.

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News Briefs June 3, 2019

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Heavy rains and strong storms continue to plague much of the Corn Belt. These warmer, yet soggy conditions have many farmers wondering about their crops. Pioneer agronomists are available to help guide decision-making during this difficult situation.

This week’s briefs cover stink bug infestations, soybean seed treatments and switching corn maturities. 

Want to speak with an expert on these or other topics? Contact Kacey Birchmier at kacey.birchmier@corteva.com.

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News Briefs May 28, 2019

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Weather-weary farmers are eager for sunshine, but those rays can be also be deadly. Sun protection is essential for farmers and ag professionals who spend a lot of time outside.

This week’s briefs cover sun safety, why corn might be yellow, splitting water between corn and cotton, and the launch of the #ProudToBeAFarmer campaign. 

Want to speak with an expert on these or other topics? Contact Kacey Birchmier at kacey.birchmier@corteva.com.

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Pioneer Launches #ProudToBeAFarmer Campaign

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JOHNSTON, Iowa, May 24, 2019 — American farmers are the backbone of this country. Since our nation’s founding, farmers have toiled and strived to feed both this nation and the world.

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News Briefs May 20, 2019

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Planting continues to inch forward throughout the Midwest, but challenges continue for farmers. Pioneer agronomists are in the field, helping farmers get the best results for their operations.

This week’s briefs include preplant anhydrous injury, replanting and soybean seed treatments with late planting. 

Want to speak with an expert on these or other topics? Contact Kacey Birchmier at kacey.birchmier@corteva.com.

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Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Donates Grain Rescue Tubes to Rural Communities

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WILMOT, S.D., May 15, 2019 Having the proper rescue tools and training can be the difference between life and death for rural first responders rushing to save someone trapped in a grain bin. Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, is equipping communities with lifesaving equipment by donating 21 grain rescue tubes to fire departments nationwide.

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News Briefs May 13, 2019

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At Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, sustainability is at the heart of everything. Partnerships with local and national conservation groups are key pieces of improving environmental sustainability at no cost to farmer productivity.

This week’s briefs include successful corn germination, scouting for alfalfa winterkill and rhizoctonia root rot. 

Want to speak with an expert on these or other topics? Contact Kacey Birchmier at kacey.birchmier@corteva.com.

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News Briefs May 6, 2019

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Cold, wet weather across much of the Corn Belt has many farmers itching to get in the field. Field scouting before planting should be a top priority. Saturated fields can lead to compaction and emergence issues. Knowing what to look for can be a game-changer. Pioneer field agronomists have the expertise to walk fields and provide guidance when scouting.

This week’s briefs include the risk of delays in corn planting, slug damage to crops and controlling Fusarium in winter wheat. 

Want to speak with an expert on these or other topics? Contact Kacey Birchmier at kacey.birchmier@corteva.com.

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News Briefs April 29, 2019

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Navigating the weather, potential pests, disease threats and other operational needs can challenge even the most experienced farmer. Pioneer field agronomists are available to help guide decisions and maximize yield potential.

This week’s briefs cover hybrid maturity, soybean cyst nematode and how wind affects crops. 

Want to speak with an expert on these or other topics? Contact Kacey Birchmier at kacey.birchmier@corteva.com.

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