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Cultivation Corridor

Greater Des Moines' (DSM) convenient location to major interstates and rail networks and its access to expansive farmland, raw materials and skilled ag and bioscience technology employees are a few reasons why the region is called America's Cultivation Corridor.

Industry leaders in agribusiness, agbioscience and biorenewables come together to support and sustain the science that feeds the world. America's Cultivation Corridor is the place for agbioscience.

As the top producer of corn, soybeans, pork and eggs nationally, Iowa is home to an enormous concentration of agribusiness resources. The state has nine times the national average of people working in the ag and feedstock chemicals sectors, and together, Iowa farmers have invested more than $134 billion in farms and equipment to create one of the most advanced ag infrastructures in the nation.

For more information, contact Mike Swesey, Senior Vice President of Economic Development.

Leading agriculture and bioscience companies in the Cultivation Corridor include:

  • ADM
  • Albaugh, Inc.
  • Bridgestone/Firestone
  • Corteva Agriscience
  • Danfoss
  • Hy-Line International
  • John Deere
  • Kemin Industries
  • Kent Corporation
  • Lauridsen Group, Inc.
  • Monsanto
  • Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
  • Stine Seed Company
  • Sukup Manufacturing Co.
  • Syngenta
  • Vermeer Corp.

Iowa AgriTech Accelerator

The Partnership and Cultivation Corridor launched the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator to capitalize on Iowa’s agriculture industry. The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator is a mentor-led accelerator focused on agtech innovation. It will host startup companies from around the globe, who will have the opportunity to learn from mentors representing influential companies and organizations in the agriculture space. Learn more about the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator at AgIowa.com.