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Valent Launches New Low VOC ProGibb® LV Plus Plant Growth Regulator

October 29, 2014

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced the launch of ProGibb® LV Plus Plant Growth Regulator, a high-potency, liquid gibberellic acid (GA3) formulation designed to comply with California's new air quality standards for high volatile organic compound (VOC) agricultural products. ProGibb LV Plus offers the same efficacy and flexibility growers learned to rely on with ProGibb 4% without the environmental and safety issues associated with a VOC product.

"Volatile organic compounds contribute to the formation of ozone, a major air pollutant in the valley," said James Hansen, product manager for ProGibb LV Plus. "This new formulation makes it easier for major food production areas like the San Joaquin Valley to mitigate its contribution to the ozone challenge while still improving crop quality and value."

In addition to lower emissions, ProGibb LV Plus contains twice the concentration of active material compared to ProGibb 4%. Also, ProGibb LV Plus has the lowest emission potential percentage (EP%) of available liquid low-VOC products and is non-flammable, which makes it safer to store and handle.

"Not only have we developed a low-VOC formulation, we've increased the potency from one gram to two of GA3 in each fluid ounce," said Johan Pienaar, global business manager for plant growth regulators at Valent BioSciences Corporation. "Effectively, we've put the same amount of active ingredient into a half-gallon package, which allows us to use a smaller footprint, which is about 50% less post-consumer waste. ProGibb LV Plus offers growers a good stewardship choice."

ProGibb LV Plus is labeled with the same uses as other ProGibb formulations and is listed on the National Organic Program's (NOP) list of approved organic products. The product is available in regions where ProGibb 4% is sold.

To take an accredited online continuing education course on VOC regulations, sponsored by Valent in conjunction with Western Farm Press, please visit www.pentonag.com/voc.

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.

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.

About Valent BioSciences Corporation
Headquartered in Libertyville, Ill., Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Company. Valent BioSciences is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of biorational products, with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company. For additional information, visit the company's website at www.valentbiosciences.com.