‘New era in agriculture’

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    The crowd is reflected in the sunglasses of Judith Rivera the Corteva Agriscience Hawaii research lead, Friday as she addresses the audience at the dedication and blessing of the renovated lab building in Kekaha.

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    Jerico Aceret, a graduate of Waimea High School and a research assistant at Corteva Agriscience shows a 6-day old crop of germinating corn.

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    Mark Stoutemyer, the Hawaii Leadership Team lead, helps Mark Takemoto, the facilities manager, and Judith Rivera, the Hawaii Research lead, open the maile to the doors of the newly $3 million renovated lab building in Kekaha.

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    Sandi Kato-Klutke and Darryl Kua of the Westside Christian Center get explanations of the germinating corn from Jerico Aceret and Dr. Pierridon Perez, Friday in the new lab building in Kekaha.

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    A visiting team touring the new lab building is garbed in sterile gear while watching Corteva Agriscience workers rescue corn embryos, Friday during the blessing and dedication of the new lab building in Kekaha.

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    Jacqueline Rank of Corteva Agriscience shows employees the rescue process in the new lab that was dedicated Friday afternoon in Kekaha.

KEKAHA — Agriculture is more than digging a hole in the ground and planting something, said Judith Rivera, Corteva Agriscience Hawaii research lead Friday at the dedication and blessing of a new lab building in Kekaha.

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