Tuesday: Emerging Ag-Tech Company Benson Hill Forges Unique Path, Opens St. Louis Headquarters

This discussion will be on “St. Louis on the Air” at noon Tuesday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at Benson Hill’s new headquarters in Creve Coeur. The facility is at 39 North, a 600-acre innovation district that also houses the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Bayer Crop Science.

Considered a rising star in the ag-tech space, Benson Hill was established in 2012 and has garnered about $133 million in funding, including from the investor arm of Google, GV. The company, along with its subsidiary, Benson Hill Seeds, seeks to produce plants that are more productive, highly nutritious and better tasting.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Benson Hill CEO, president and co-founder Matt Crisp will join host Sarah Fenske to talk about the company and why it’s invested in St. Louis. Among other topics, we’ll hear about the company’s soy portfolio and how it’s seeking to adapt to climate change. We’ll also hear about the company’s work with barley, the cacao plant and more.

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