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Nicklaus: CoverCress deal is a big win for St. Louis’ ag-startup effort


The pitch sounded audacious: Turn a plant that most farmers considered a weed into a cash crop.

It was 2012, and some visiting scientists made a presentation about field pennycress at the Danforth Plant Science Center’s innovation showcase. The seeds’ oil content showed promise for renewable fuel production, and the federal government had funded research.

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