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DuPont plans $35-million soybean research facility

9:31 AM MDT | August 14, 2014 | Rebecca Coons

DuPont Pioneer today announced plans to build a $35-million soybean research facility at its Stine Haskell Research Center at Newark, DE. The nearly 134,000 square foot facility will include two state-of-the-art automated greenhouses and is expected to be...


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