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seed corn

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishseed cornˈseed corn noun [uncountable]  1 British English people or things that will develop to become useful or successful in the future Young people are the seed corn management of the future.2 grain that is used for planting next year’s crops
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seed cornThey carried on an extensive trade in a variety of products such as cattle cake, seed corn, manure and farm fertilisers.He says financial institutions have recognised that little companies provide a base for industry and the seed corn for new ideas.
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