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DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association receives exhibit grant

Published: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association Inc. received a $5,000 grant through the Monsanto Fund U.S. Site Grant for the development and installation of the exhibit “Transforming Corn – Transforming Agriculture.”

John Robben, Monsanto Waterman Research Station manager, presented the grant check on behalf of the Monsanto Fund.

The exhibit focuses on the development of using a gene gun for microprojectile bombardment to produce the first fertile transformed corn. DeKalb Genetics Corp. received the first patent in 1996 for the application of this technique with corn. The exhibit shares the process of how corn was transformed using the microprojectile bombardment technique. Visitors can see the success and setbacks in the process of developing a corn hybrid.

The exhibit opens to the public on Sept. 29 at the Nehring Gallery, 111 S. Second St., DeKalb. The gallery is open from 2 to 4 p.m.Wednesdays and Sundays Labor Day through Memorial Day. The gallery is available by appointment any time of the year. Call 815-756-8737 or email daaha.inc@gmail.com to make a reservation.

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