Benson Hill, a Missouri-based agtech company, recently cut the ribbon on its new headquarters facility in St. Louis, Missouri. The 160,000 sq. ft. facility will host an ensemble of experts in plant biology, agronomy, data analytics, machine learning, and food science, and represents $52 million in investment.
“It’s fascinating to see the combination of talent that you’ve put together here,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “It’s a fascinating effort here, and I wish you all the best.”
The new headquarters is located in Missouri’s 39 North innovation district. The district covers nearly 600 acres in Missouri and includes many of the region’s top agtech companies, including the Danforth Plant Science Center, Bio-Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park, and the Helix Center Biotech Incubator. 39 North is geared toward providing the lifestyle often sought by today’s highly-skilled scientific workers, with a mix of retail, residential, and office space connected by walking and biking trails.
Missouri’s agtech industry is leading the way with innovative technology and research in plant science and animal health that is transforming agriculture. Across Missouri, leading agtech organizations including the Danforth Plant Science Center, Bayer CropScience, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Yield Lab, DuPont, BASF, Bunge, and more are developing innovative technology.
And it’s not just technology that makes Missouri the global agtech leader. The world-class talent is, well, world-class. Universities across the state offer advanced plant science degrees, and Missouri is home to the highest concentration of plant science PhD’s in the world.
It’s easy to see why agtech companies are choosing Missouri as the best place to grow and expand their research capabilities. For more details on Missouri’s worldwide agtech leadership, check out our article on why Missouri is THE global leader in agtech.