Greater St. Louis is home to a world-class aggregation of research centers, institutions, and companies focused on engineering biological and agricultural processes to create products that help sustain the global population.
St. Louis’ location provides access to the nation’s agricultural wealth. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 77% of all U.S. corn acres and 81% of all U.S. soybean acres are within 500 miles of St. Louis. It’s no surprise that the region is home to world leaders like Bayer, a pioneer in plant biotechnology and genomics that has consolidated its seeds business in St. Louis after acquiring Monsanto with its 5,400 regional employees. In 2017 alone, Monsanto invested $1.5 billion in research and development. But that’s only the beginning of the agtech story in St. Louis, as a host of new, innovative companies like Benson Hill Biosystems, CoFactor Genomics and NewLeaf Symbiotics are working to solve problems using cutting-edge science and technology.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 77% of all U.S. corn acres and 81% of all U.S. soybean acres are within 500 miles of St. Louis.
No account of the region’s agtech dominance would be complete without mention of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the largest independent plant research institute in the world. The research powerhouse was formed in 1998 by the Danforth Foundation through a partnership between the Missouri Botanical Garden, Monsanto, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Washington University in St. Louis.