Agriculture R&D is priority for business development group – AgriNews

MALTA, Ill. — Everyone knows the benefits that agriculture research and development and innovation can bring to farmers. But what role can agriculture R&D play in a region’s economic development?

One of the voices welcoming the Syngenta R&D Innovation Center to DeKalb County belonged to Paul Borek, the executive director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp.

“In expanding and diversifying the DeKalb County economy, our role at DCEDC, there is no greater target than agricultural research and development,” said Borek as he joined Syngenta representatives and others from the local community at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the 88-acre Syngenta R&D Innovation Center.

Borek sat down with AgriNews to talk about the role that agriculture research and development and global agribusinesses play in economic development in places like DeKalb County.

While research and development is a logical target of economic development groups,…

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