Corteva, Inc. (also known as Corteva Agriscience) is major American agricultural chemical and seed company that was the agricultural unit of DowDuPont prior to being spun off as an independent public company. DowDuPont announced the Corteva name in February 2018, explaining that "“Cor” means ‘at the heart of’, or ‘at the centre of’, and “teva” is an ancient word meaning ‘earth’."[1] Corteva became a public company on June 3, 2019,[2] when DowDuPont distributed Corteva shares to its shareholders.

Corteva, Inc.
Traded as
IndustryAgricultural chemicals
Pioneer Hybrid International


The DowDuPont agricultural businesses that became Corteva had revenue of over $14 billion in 2017,[3] which would have placed the company in the Fortune 500 for that year. A major part of the company is Pioneer Hi-Bred International, which DuPont purchased in 1999.


In March 2019 Corteva was criticised by the Humane Society of the United States for testing a new fungicide on beagle dogs as such testing is required by regulatory authorities.[4] It has said the company will "proactively engage with government officials to minimize or cease animal studies, where possible, and once the industry receives confirmation that animal testing is no longer required, it will cease testing immediately and make every effort to re-home the animals" after it was reported that researchers intended to put the animals to death.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ "DowDuPont™ Agriculture Division to Become Corteva Agriscience™ as It Progresses Toward Becoming a Stand-Alone Company - DuPont USA".
  2. ^ "Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Provides Pipeline Update" (Press release). PR Newswire. February 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Trager, Rebecca (March 2018). "DowDupont names its three new separate businesses". Chemistry World.
  4. ^ "Humane Society criticizes Corteva Agriscience for testing pesticides on beagles in Michigan lab". Midland Daily News. 13 March 2019.
  5. ^ Golgowski, Nina (19 March 2019). "Chemical Company Agrees To Stop Force-Feeding Beagles With Fungicide". HuffPost US.
  6. ^ "Corteva announces end of beagle tests after Humane Society of U.S. investigation". ABC12. March 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Hsin Hsuan Sun, Mimi (April 13, 2019). "Beagles force-fed pesticides, now released and up for adoption". CNN. Retrieved April 19, 2019.

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