Press Release •  2019-01-16

Pioneer is pleased to announce the four winners of its inaugural “Here’s to Hometowns” contest

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Four Winners of the “Here’s to Hometowns” contest from Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada Each Receive $50,000 Grant to Support Community Projects.

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Jan. 16, 2019 – Pioneer is pleased to announce the four winners of its inaugural “Here’s to Hometowns” contest for Eastern Canada.

Each winning community is awarded $50,000 to support their community projects. 

The “Here’s to Hometowns” contest attracted close to 80 compelling entries from Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Entrants were asked to put together short videos detailing their hometowns, proposed community projects and how they would better their community with $50,000 from Pioneer.

Four finalists from Ontario and two finalists each from Quebec and Atlantic Canada were selected from the initial pool of entrants. Communities were then encouraged to vote online in support of their favourite projects.

After tallying the votes, Pioneer has named the following communities from each region winners of the “Here’s to Hometowns” contest:

  • Rocklyn, Ontario with ‘Granny Should Have Shown You’ – Rocklyn is upgrading a kitchen facility to continue facilitating workshops and providing learning opportunities from generation to generation;
  • Hickson, Ontario with ‘Here’s to Hickson’ – Hickson has five projects in their hometown between their local school, Lions Club, firefighters, Oxford Mental Health and the field of dreams to better their community;
  • Saint-Remi, Quebec with ‘Vents d’espoir’ – Vents d’espoir is building a multi-functional complex for people suffering with physical disabilities; and
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia with ‘Local Farms to Local Tables’ – The oldest agricultural fair in North America is working on a kitchen upgrade to help food get from local farms to local tables.


“We were humbled by the amount of creativity, passion and community spirit we saw from every individual and group that participated in ‘Here’s to Hometowns,’” says Loralee Orr, Marketing Communications Leader at Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. “Pioneer is deeply invested in the communities we serve and proud to support each of the winning projects, so they can grow, flourish and positively impact lives.”

To learn more about the “Here’s to Hometowns” contest and finalists, visit

About Pioneer

Pioneer, a business unit of Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success®.

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About Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont                    

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is intended to become an independent, publicly traded company when the previously announced spinoff is complete by June 2019. The division combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences. Corteva Agriscience provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry — including some of the most recognized brands in agriculture: Pioneer®, Encirca®, the newly launched Brevant seeds, as well as award-winning Crop Protection products — while bringing new products to market through our solid pipeline of active chemistry and technologies. More information can be found at

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