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Valent U.S.A. Corporation Announces Expanded Partnership with National FFA Foundation

Sponsorship Will Recognize Advocacy, Education and Talent

June 23, 2015

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Valent U.S.A. Corporation today announced it has been named a 5-star member of the National FFA Foundation. This includes an expanded sponsorship in many of the organization's projects.

As part of this expanded relationship, Valent will now serve as sponsor of two FFA Agriculture Proficiency Awards. Those awards include the "Grain Production – Entrepreneurship" award, which honors the student who has excelled in effectively and efficiently incorporating the best management practices to produce and market grain crops in their own operation, and the "Nursery Operations – Entrepreneurship/Placement" award, which honors the student who has excelled in their own business or business placement focused on turf, ornamental plants, shrubs and/or tree production for the purpose of transplanting or propagation.

Valent will also provide funding to support the creation of an agriculture stewardship and advocacy platform designed to educate FFA's membership on science-based facts and agriculture's global role. "Over the years, we've been impressed with the quality and enthusiasm of upcoming young talent in FFA and their dedication to agriculture," said Matt Plitt, Valent executive vice president and COO. "Our expanded sponsorship around advocacy and education will encourage dialogue with students regarding the critical issues facing our industry today, such as the products and techniques used by growers and the role they play in producing the crops that feed and clothe our world."

Valent will also donate 100 student jackets to the FFA's "Give the Gift of Blue" to ensure that more students are able to have access to the jacket that has become a recognizable symbol of FFA. This donation represents the 100 years Sumitomo Chemical Company, Valent's parent company, has been in operation and recognizes its centennial celebration.

"Valent's commitment to the FFA vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture is evidenced by the generous investment made to The National FFA Foundation," said Molly Ball, National FFA Foundation president. "Through our partnership, FFA members will be able to wear the Blue Jacket, participate in proficiency awards and focus on agricultural literacy and advocacy."

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 610,240 student members as part of 7,665 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit ffa.org/Give.

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 and plastics, energy and functional materials, IT-related chemicals and materials, health and crop sciences 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 or our full product line, please call
800-6-VALENT (682-5368) or visit valent.com.