Johnson Joins Valent Seed Protection Business

March 4, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced that Paul Johnson has joined the company’s growing seed protection business as Crop and Key Accounts Manager.

In his new role, Johnson will work closely with Valent sales and technical teams to provide technical and marketing support for such new Valent seed protection offerings as the INOVATE™ System for soybeans. Johnson also will help introduce soon-to-be-launched Valent seed protection products for cereals, potatoes, sugar beets and canola.

“Growers need every edge possible to make a strong yield and an overall healthier crop. Valent seed protection products help get them started in that direction,” Johnson said. “I feel I am joining the company at an exciting time of growth—with a healthy lineup today and a strong pipeline of new products for tomorrow. I look forward to helping growers learn more about how Valent seed protection can help them this season.”

A 16-year veteran of the seed and crop protection industries, Johnson has worked with such leading agricultural companies as Loveland Products, Inc. and the former Agriliance LLC. He most recently held technical and marketing leadership roles within the seed treatment business at Bayer CropScience.

“Paul has deep experience in seed protection and a strong grasp on what our customers need from a seed protection product,” said Glen Karaffa, Valent seed protection business manager. “He will be a great asset to help communicate with our sales team and customers the value Valent seed protection products will bring their farming operations.”

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Valent, headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural, professional and consumer use. It differentiates itself from its competitors as a leader in marketing and sales of both biorational and traditional chemical products.