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Monsanto expanding operations in Iowa

By Julie Bierach, KWMU

SAINT LOUIS, MO – St. Louis- based Monsanto Company has announced plans to expand its Iowa seed corn operations.

Monsanto is spending $230 million to improve existing Dekalb corn seed production sites in central Iowa and build a new Dekalb corn seed production plant in northeast Iowa.

Darren Wallis, a spokesman for Monsanto, says it's due in large part to the popularity of the Dekalb brand.

"The Dekalb brand has been gaining market share for the past 6 years," said Wallis. "Certainly ethanol has helped recently, but we've seen a lot of traction and a lot of growth for the past 6 years."

Wallis says the projects will double corn seed production in Iowa.

When the facilities are complete by 2010, Iowa will be responsible for about one-fourth of Monsanto's seed corn production.

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