Pioneer Hi-Bred International, founded in 1926, is among the world s leading sources of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers, and grain and oilseed processors. The company is one of the largest providers of commercial hybrid seeds and plant genetics worldwide. It markets and sells soybean, alfalfa, wheat, corn, sorghum, sunflower and canola seeds. Pioneer Hi-Bred International also produces silage, hay inoculants, forage and grain additives. The company operates more than 100 research and product development centers involved in genetic research, as well as the development and testing of new products and seed hybrids. It performs supply chain, information management and value-added support services for customers. Pioneer Hi-Bred International distributes and markets products in more than 70 countries through various organizations, subsidiaries, joint ventures, retail stores and independent dealers. The company is a subsidiary of DuPont, and is headquartered in Johnston, Iowa. Pioneer Hi-Bred maintains one of its additional locations in Maxton, N.C.