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Dow AgroSciences announces plans to manufacture penoxsulam, a new rice herbicide, at a brownfield site at their Michigan operations. August 25, 2003, Press Release.

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Press Release from Dow

Dow AgroSciences to Launch New Rice Herbicide

Investing In Michigan Operations Provided Many Incentives

Midland, MI - August 25, 2003

Dow AgroSciences LLC has selected Dow’s Michigan Operations as the site for a $17 million project to manufacture penoxsulam, a new sulfonamides-based rice herbicide. Penoxsulam recently received Reduced Risk Pesticide Status from the U.S. EPA and is scheduled to be launched in 2005. It is a highly flexible molecule that can be used in a variety of rice cultural practices around the globe to control barnyard grass, the worst weed in rice, as well as a variety of broadleaf and sedge weeds.

"Michigan Operations already manufactures corn and soybean herbicides, so adding a rice herbicide is a growth opportunity that is supported by proven capabilities to run complex chemistry processes," explained John Tomke, vice president of operations for Dow AgroSciences.

Rice is an important food source to over half of the world’s population. There are more than 360 million acres of rice grown in over 30 countries. Rice is fourth globally for herbicide expenditures ($1.1 billion) when compared to other major crops. The U.S. rice herbicide market value is about 10 percent of global expenditures, and there are more than three million acres of rice grown in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Missouri. Major exporters of rice include: Thailand, Vietnam, China and the United States. Penoxsulam will be a new addition to Dow AgroSciences' rice herbicide portfolio that includes Clincher* (cyhalofop-butyl), Stam* (propanil), and Grandstand* R (triclopyr).

"The decision by Dow AgroSciences to make this investment in Michigan Operations is the direct result of the performance improvements made by the people on the site in the areas of EH&S, costs and culture. This project is a testament to the work and support of many people at the site and in the community," explained Gary Veurink, site leader for Michigan Operations.

"This project also shows the value of the work done in 2002 by the Midland Economic Development Council, the city of Midland and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to provide additional economic incentives using the Brownfield designation for these kinds of facilities."

The project includes modification and expansion of Dow AgroSciences’ facilities in Michigan Operations. Dow AgroSciences has requested a Brownfield Designation from the Michigan Economic Development Council, which is being brought before the Midland City Council in late August. A Brownfield Designation would provide $1 million in Single Business Tax Credit.

For a project to be considered for a Brownfield Designation, the property must be functionally obsolete and used for commercial, industrial, or residential purposes. A portion of 680 Building under consideration for a Brownfield Designation was built in 1958 and is functionally obsolete.

Construction is expected to begin in September 2003, and will conclude by the fourth quarter 2004, with Penoxsulum expected to be available in 2005. Approximately six jobs will be retained with this project.

Dow is a leading science and technology company that provides innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of $28 billion, Dow serves customers in more than 170 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress, including food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others. Committed to the principles of Sustainable Development, Dow and its approximately 50,000 employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities.

*Trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC

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