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Origin’s decision to plant a flag in Des Moines follows the company’s recent announcement that it will sell its seed production and distribution business to another Beijing company, in a deal worth about $60 million.

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Founded in 1997, Origin is based in Beijing and will keep its headquarters and the bulk of its workforce in China. Niebur, however, will be based in Des Moines.

Yazel attended Roosevelt High School in Des Moines and the University of Iowa. As a reporting intern for The Register in 1992 and 1993, she covered the type of odd stories often tossed to interns, like the felling of a beloved maple tree in West Branch and the kerfuffle that ensued after a public access channel in Iowa City accidentally aired an adult movie.
Both moves are part of a larger transition for Origin. Instead of competing with other seed production companies, Origin wants to make customers out of them by selling germplasm — or seed genetics — and other technologies.
“Aaron’s role will now continue to guide the direction and vision of our agency as well as our ongoing service and work for our clients,” Mara White, the firm’s spokesperson said.
Origin Agritech, a Chinese seed company now led by an executive with Iowa roots, has opened an office in Des Moines, its first location outside China.
Bill Niebur, former vice president and general manager of DuPont Pioneer China, now runs Origin Agritech, a Chinese seed technology company with an office in Des Moines. (Photo: Rodney White/Register file photo) Buy Photo

Before joining Real Simple, Yazel served as the director of editorial content for Cosmopolitan and previously was deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal, according to AdWeek.

Origin Agritech, a Chinese seed company now led by an executive with Iowa roots, has opened an office in Des Moines, its first location outside China.