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Paul Carter was a professor at the University of Wisconsin before jumping to his current position as director of global agronomy sciences at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, in Johnston, Iowa. He's now spent half of his career in industry and half in academia. "I worked 11 years at the University of Wisconsin." Both the university and Pioneer, he says, are "tremendous."

"I certainly didn't leave the university because I was frustrated or disappointed. I felt great about what I could contribute there, but a job came along at Pioneer, an opportunity I didn't want to miss," says Carter. Pioneer, which ranked second on the list of Best Places to Work,...

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