DeKALB – The company that brought the iconic winged ear logo to farm fields around the country is in the running for Illinois top business, and the public can vote online to make it No. 1.

DeKalb AgResearch, later DeKalb Genetics and now a subsidiary of Monsanto, has been named one of 17 finalists for the title of Illinois’ top business by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

In honor of the state of Illinois’ bicentennial, the museum is coordinating an effort to identify the state’s top businesses, leaders, movies and more.

Residents will have until Friday at noon to cast their votes for the state’s top business online at DeKalb Ag has been a pioneer in developing corn hybrids that would resist disease and yield more grain. It introduced the winged ear logo in the 1930s, as a way of conveying the message that hybrid corn could

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