WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement following news that the agricultural company that will emerge from the Dow-DuPont merger will not be headquartered in Iowa:

“Today's news is certainly disappointing for our state and also difficult, particularly for the hard working Iowans who were laid off and their families. My thoughts are with them during this time.

“Iowa is a leader in agriculture and plays a critical part in ensuring folks in the U.S. and around the world have access to a safe and affordable food supply. Although the agricultural company will not be headquartered in Iowa, it is my hope that Dow-DuPont will expand and produce more good-paying jobs in our state in the very near future.”

Last month, Senator Ernst joined Senator Chuck Grassley, and Congressmen Rod Blum, Steve King, Dave Loebsack and David Young to send a letter to Mr. Edward Breen and Mr. Andrew Liveris highlighting the many benefits to making Iowa the home of the agricultural company that could soon emerge from the Dow-DuPont merger. The members of the Iowa delegation wrote in part, “We believe that Iowa’s rich agricultural heritage combined with our state’s dynamic leadership in agricultural and bioscience innovation would serve as an exceptional center for your agriculture business.”

Click here to read the full letter.