DuPont is a leader in agricultural innovation, and they are bringing that message to the Indiana State Fair. The DuPont Food Pavilion showcases not only Indiana agriculture, but the technology that makes farmers so productive. Jim Borel, Executive Vice President of DuPont, says it is important to communicate with the public about this technology and the benefits it bring to food production, “Consumers are very disconnected from where their food comes from and, unfortunately, that leads to concern over things that, with just a little information, they would not be concerned about at all. We are hoping to get people to understand more about where their food comes from and some of the technology and processes used to produce it.” The pavilion, located on the south side of the fairgrounds, is providing an opportunity for dialogue about food and agriculture. “It is a great place to interact with consumers and see what is on their minds; and talk about some of the work we are doing, and, perhaps, come to an understanding,” Borel said.
Borel told HAT that Indiana is at the forefront of innovation in agriculture, “There is a great climate here around innovation and progress and a willingness to invest.” This emphasis on innovation has not occurred by accident, but is part of the policies and plans of state government. Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann says the Hoosier State is cultivating an environment that is fostering ag innovation among a number of companies, including DuPont, “Indiana is well poised at the top in a number of areas that will bring out new ideas to grow agriculture.” Ellspermann said, in the next few months, research will be released that will show the areas where Indiana has the right resources and partnerships to foster continued innovation in agricultural production. Ellspermann and ISDA Director Ted McKinney met Monday at the Indiana State Fair with representatives of DuPont to discuss agricultural innovation and DuPont’s significant investment in Indiana.