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DuPont Acquires Ag Data Management Business to Enhance Information Solutions for Growers
Date:12/29/2008

Acquisition will Enhance Precision Farming Technology Available to Industry and Pioneer Customers

Des Moines, Iowa, and Cumming, Ga. (Vocus) December 29, 2008 -- DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred and MapShots today announced Pioneer will acquire controlling ownership of MapShots Inc., a privately owned agricultural data management company that develops and sells proprietary crop management software. The financial terms were not disclosed.

"MapShots enhances the services available from Pioneer that help customers get the right product on the right acre and maximize their profitability," said Sue Hoover, marketing director, Pioneer North America. "Today's announcement demonstrates our continuing commitment to provide Pioneer customers with exceptional service."

Pioneer has had a long-standing business relationship with MapShots. This new relationship will allow Pioneer to extend its Pioneer FIT® mapping service and information available through GrowingPoint® website record-keeping service. FIT® mapping, available to customers through Pioneer sales professionals, is part of a suite of services they offer to growers to help them achieve the most effective hybrid/variety placements for growing conditions unique to their farm.

"MapShots will continue to sell, support and enhance our EASi Suite™ line of desktop software for growers and professional service providers," said Ted Macy, MapShots owner and founder. "MapShots will also continue to license core precision ag components to other companies for inclusion in their products and services."

"Together with Pioneer, MapShots will continue its commitment to open data standards that allow data sharing and compatibility across different brands of field equipment and software," added Macy.

Based in Cumming, Ga., MapShots provides the agricultural industry with the EASi Suite™ brand of crop management software. EASi Suite™ enables the combination of field record-keeping information with precision ag data. It is used across the nation by progressive growers who want to maximize their use of agronomic management information and by crop consultants and crop input retailers to provide crop planning and nutrient management planning services to their farm clients.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, 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.

The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont™, The miracles of science™, GrowingPoint® and FIT® mapping are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.

EASi Suite™ is a trademark of MapShots, Inc.

For additional information about the company or products, check out the worldwide website at: www.dupont.com and www.pioneer.com.

Contact:
Julie Kenney
515-334-4567

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