2014 News Releases

Monsanto, Sumitomo Chemical and Valent Extend Crop Protection Collaboration

Roundup Ready PLUS® Partnership Affirms Joint Commitment to Providing Crop Management Solutions to Farmers

November 10, 2014


ST. LOUIS — Monsanto Company, Sumitomo Chemical Company, Ltd. (SCC), and SCC's wholly-owned subsidiary, Valent U.S.A. Corporation, today announced an agreement to extend their strategic partnership in Monsanto's Roundup Ready PLUS® Crop Management Solutions platform for soybeans and cotton in the United States.

Monsanto's Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions platform empowers farmers to maximize the performance of their Roundup Ready crops by developing effective, economical and sustainable approaches to controlling tough-to-manage and glyphosate-resistant weeds. Farmers can earn cash-back incentives for using Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides with Roundup Ready PLUS endorsed products. See www.RoundupReadyPLUS.com for more details.

Valent herbicides that will continue to be endorsed in Roundup Ready PLUS as a result of this extended partnership include preemergence herbicides, such as Valor®, Valor XLT, Fierce®, Fierce XLT and Chateau®, as well as post herbicides, such as Cobra®, Phoenix and Select Max®.

"The extension of this collaboration ensures that we will continue to deliver choice and long-term value for farmers through Roundup Ready PLUS by incorporating valuable weed management solutions provided in the portfolio of Valent products," according to Chris Reat, Roundup Ready PLUS marketing manager at Monsanto. "By extending this strategic partnership with Valent, we are ensuring that soybean and cotton growers have the variety of effective options they need to proactively manage tough weeds and reduce the risk of developing weed resistance."

"Valent and Monsanto have successfully partnered through Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management to bring farmers the best-performing herbicide solutions to manage tough and resistant weeds," said Gary Schaefer, senior manager of the row crop herbicide business at Valent U.S.A. Corporation. "We look forward to continuing this strong partnership with Monsanto and to bringing new weed management solutions to farmers through the Roundup Ready PLUS platform."

About Monsanto Company
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources, such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog Beyond the Rows at www.monsantoblog.com, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

About Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sumitomo Chemical Company is one of Japan's leading chemical companies, offering a diverse range of products globally in the fields of basic chemicals, petrochemicals, IT-related chemicals and materials, health and crop science products, and pharmaceuticals. For additional information, visit the company's website at www.sumitomo-chem.co.jp/english/.

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation Valent U.S.A. Corporation, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., 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, seed protection and professional use. Valent is a leader in marketing and sales of both traditional chemical products and also biorational products developed by its affiliate, Valent BioSciences Corporation.

For more information about Valent U.S.A. Corporation or our full product line, please call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368) or visit www.valent.com.