Published November 18, 2016. UPDATED (see bottom of article) January 4, 2017.
Multinational biotech seed company Monsanto has announced plans to expand operations in Pima County. Currently plans are to establish a 7-acre greenhouse for corn and soybean research in Avra Valley, southwest of the Marana Regional Airport, where land has been purchased. According to reporting in the Arizona Daily Star, Monsanto and Pima County began discussions in March 2016 regarding economic incentives, and according to other media sources, the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) has been working with Monsanto for more than a year to provide research assistance for the project.