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Business Briefs - April 17, 2013
Dow opens new facility at global HQ
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Executives from The Dow Chemical Co. and Dow AgroSciences were joined by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence April 10 at a Research & Development (R&D) expansion ribbon-cutting, for a new 175,000 square-foot R&D facility at Dow AgroSciences’ Global Headquarters.

This new facility is part of a global growth plan for Dow AgroSciences’ research efforts for the development and commercialization of new crop protection and seed, traits and oils products for growers around the world.

In 2010, Dow AgroSciences announced a multiyear expansion that included the construction of this new research facility, the construction of a new 14,000 square-foot greenhouse and the addition of more than 550 scientific and commercial jobs by 2015. The company has already hired more than 400 new employees in Indiana since 2010.

As the newest addition to the company’s 192-acre Indianapolis campus, the new Biotechnology Research Center will support the R&D activities of more than 200 research scientists from the Advanced Technology Development (ATD) and Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Research and Development (BBRD) functions.

The new facility includes both office and lab configurations that deliver efficient, high-performing quality biotechnology research labs, while enhancing the company’s safety culture.

22 Iowa counties eligible for farm loans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers in 22 Iowa counties are eligible for low-interest emergency loans since their counties have been declared a federal agricultural disaster or they are next to declared counties. Some qualify because of freezing temperatures in April last year and some because of the drought.

The USDA said farmers affected by the April 2012 freezing temperatures in Dickinson, Emmet, Howard, Osceola, and Winneshiek counties must apply for the loans by Aug. 5. Farmers in Decatur, Fremont, Page Ringgold and Taylor are eligible due to the drought and must apply by Sept. 9.

Other drought eligible counties include Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury. Deadline for application is Dec. 10. Kossuth County and seven contiguous counties also are eligible. The deadline for making application there is Nov. 20.

Tennessee launches CWD herd certification

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is launching a voluntary Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Herd Certification Program aimed at preventing the disease in farmed deer, elk and other cervidae in the state.

The state initiative is part of a national program established last year by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to provide uniform herd certification standards and to support the domestic and international marketability of U.S. cervid herds.
Through participation in the voluntary program, captive cervid facilities certified as being free of CWD will be permitted to move animals across state lines. Cervids include purebred or hybrid deer, elk, moose, reindeer, caribou and related species. Sika deer (Cervus Nippon) are now included in the list of susceptible cervidae for CWD and must achieve certified status before interstate movement. Whitetail deer are not included because it is illegal to keep them in captivity in Tennessee.

Facilities can be certified as disease-free after five years of program enrollment with no evidence of disease, or identification as a trace-back or trace-forward herd in a disease event.

Captive cervid owners interested in participating should contact TDA assistant state veterinarian Sara Clariday at 615-837-5120 or email her at

A complete list of program requirements can be found at under “Orders of the State Veterinarian.”