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June 11, 2007

DuPont, UI Partner To Promote Rural Health And Safety

DuPont has announced a $1.5 million contribution to the University of Iowa College of Public Health to help the University promote and teach the importance of farm safety.

"Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries. Ensuring that farm families have the training and tools to maintain a safe operation is increasingly important to DuPont as we develop crop-based solutions to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel," said Dean Oestreich, president of Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business.

Rural residents continue to face challenges in preventing illnesses and injuries on the farm and elsewhere in the rural environment. Through the contribution made by DuPont through Pioneer, the UI will significantly enhance teaching and research in the areas of rural safety and health to help farmers and other rural residents overcome these day-to-day realities.

Since 2000, Pioneer has worked with the UI College of Public Health toward the establishment of an endowed faculty chair in its Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. The gift, which was administered by Pioneer and made through the UI Foundation, marks a continued commitment to higher education and its role in teaching new generations about issues important to the farming industry. The company has also been actively involved with children's farm safety groups including Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and Progressive Ag Farm Safety Day Camps.

"DuPont has a longstanding commitment to the vitality of farm families and rural communities that closely aligns with the mission of the College of Public Health," said James A. Merchant, dean of the college. "This contribution will further strengthen our recognized expertise in rural safety and health and will allow our Department of Occupational and Environmental Health to recruit a world leader in this field."

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information, visit UI Foundation's Web site at http://www.uiowafoundation.org.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a business of DuPont, is the world's leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food, building and construction, communications, and transportation.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACTS: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835, daniel-mcmillan@uiowa.edu; Julie Kenney, Pioneer Hi-Bred, 515-334-4567, julie.kenney@pioneer.com; Forrest Meyer, UI Foundation, 319-335-3305, forrest-meyer@uiowa.edu