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Crop Genetics

#1 Most Plant and Soil Scientists

Iowa’s connection to crop genetics dates back to when George Washington Carver studied at Iowa State University in Ames. It’s why the world’s largest seed companies do advanced research and development in Iowa—right near their customers. In fact, more plant and soil scientists work in Iowa than any other state.


producer of eggs, corn and pork

USDA, 2021

most plant and soil scientists of any state

BLS, 2020

highest concentration of agricultural engineers of any state

BLS, 2020

The Nation's Most Plant and Soil Scientists

BLS 2015
California #2
North Carolina #3
Illinois #7
Missouri #12

The State of Iowa Supports R&D

Iowa offers a Research Activities Tax Credit for research & development investments.

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