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Agriculture and Education - October 9, 2015

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Q: The wealthiest man in all of Iowa is a multi-billionaire farmer named Harry Stine. He developed an empire based on genetically-modified seeds for soybeans and corn. In 1963, Stine graduated from a small, liberal arts college in central Kansas. Can you name the school?


A: McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas

Billionaire farmer Harry Stine is described by FORBES magazine as suffering from dyslexia and mild, high-functioning autism. Despite these learning disabilities, the Iowa farmer built an agriculture empire by developing a number of genetically-modified seeds for soybean and corn crops. This founder and owner of Stine Seed has an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion. A 1963 graduate of McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, Stine holds hundreds of patents for soybean and corn seeds. He lives on a small farm in Adel, Iowa, near Des Moines.

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