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DuPont is partnering with the Story County Sheriff's office in Iowa to establish the state's first Farm Watch program that officials say will enhance the security and safety of rural residents and farmers.

DuPont is nearing completion of a 30-million-gallon-per-year cellulosic ethanol plant in the city of Nevada, the Story County seat.

"Farm Watch helps reduce opportunities for crime to occur in farming and rural communities," said Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald. "Essential to this is encouraging people to report suspicious incidents to law enforcement officials as they occur and also share the information with other Farm Watch members."

John Pieper, director of the DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Development Program Office, noted that farmers often have significant capital spread over large expanse of land.

"Some stock and equipment is portable and can be relatively easy to steal," Officials say the program not only aims to reduce opportunities for crime to occur in farming and rural communities, but also improve communication between the farming community and the police; and encourage people to report suspicious incidents as they occur.

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