Todd Younghans Named Valent Canada Country Manager

October 20, 2009

GUELPH, Ont. (October 20, 2009)—Todd Younghans has been named the Country Manager of Valent Canada Crop and Professional Products.

In his new role, Younghans will oversee the strategic and operational direction of the growing Canadian business unit of Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited. Valent Canada recently entered the market with a series of new products and chemistries for the Canadian farmer, including the highly anticipated Valtera™ Herbicide.

Company officials say Younghans’ extensive experience in the agriculture industry will help him lead the Valent Canada team as the company and its crop protection portfolio grow.

"Todd has a deep understanding of the challenges facing Canadian farmers and how our Valent products and chemistries can help address their weed, insect and disease issues,” said Kevin Hammill, vice president of Ag Operations and Strategy of Valent U.S.A. Corporation. “As Valent Canada continues to grow with Todd’s direction, we’ll remain committed to providing best-in-class, value-added solutions to customers in every major market segment."

For 10 years, Younghans has worked in various sales, marketing, business and product management roles in the Canadian agricultural and crop protection industries. Younghans was most recently working with Monsanto Canada as the company’s Trait Business Manager. He also has held a range of management and leadership roles at Cargill Ltd., Tiger Industries Ltd. and NEXUS Ag Business.

Younghans holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Alberta, an advanced graduate diploma in management from Athabasca University and a master of business administration from the University of Guelph.

For more information about Valent products, Valent Canada Corporation or the full product line, call (519) 822-7043.

Valtera is one of the many quality products from Valent Canada, including plant growth regulators, herbicides and insecticides. Valent's product line includes leading brands such as BroadStar™ Herbicide, Chateau® Herbicide, DiPel® Insecticide, Distance® Insect Growth Regulator (IGR), Fascination® Plant Growth Regulator (PGR), Foray® Biological Insecticide, MaxCel® PGR, Payload™ Herbicide, Promalin® PGR, ReTain™ PGR, Sumagic™ PGR, SureGuard™ Herbicide, VectoBac® Biological Insecticide and Velocity™ Herbicide.