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Cloransulam-Methyl. Dow Agrosciences agrees to sell formulated herbicide to Monsanto. December 19, 2000.

From: http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto/media/00/00dec19_dow.html

Dow Agrosciences Licenses Cloransulam-Methyl to Monsanto

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, December 19, 2000 — Dow AgroSciences LLC has agreed to sell formulated cloransulam-methyl herbicide to Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) for resale, under terms of an agreement finalized today. Cloransulam-methyl is the active ingredient in Dow AgroSciences' FirstRate* herbicide, a popular product for control of tough broadleaf weeds in soybeans. Upon approval of necessary registrations, Monsanto will also sell a cloransulam-methyl herbicide product under the brand name Amplify beginning with the 2001 sales season. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"Cloransulam-methyl provides excellent control of cocklebur, common and giant ragweed, sunflower, morning-glory and velvetleaf from either soil-applied or post- emergence applications," said Ben Kaehler, Product Manager for Dow AgroSciences. "We believe it is an ideal compliment to glyphosate in sequential or tank-mixed applications on Roundup Ready soybeans because it provides residual control and rounds out control of large-seeded broadleaf weeds. Making this product available from both Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto will ultimately give farmers more choices in designing the best weed control program for their soybean crop."

"Although many growers will continue to prefer a treatment of Roundup alone, we felt it would be beneficial to offer a product that provides a residual option. When registered, Monsanto's Amplify will be very effective for use as a tank mix with Roundup UltraMAX for post-emergence applications on Roundup Ready soybeans," said Dean Hendrikson, U.S. Roundup Brand Manager. "Growers also should know that Amplify would be eligible for the Monsanto's Roundup Rewards program."

Roundup Rewards is a program that rewards growers who use Monsanto technologies and Roundup branded herbicides.

Registration for application of Amplify is pending state approval. Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, is a global leader in providing pest management and biotechnology products that improve the quality and quantity of the earth's food supply and contribute to the safety, health and quality of life of the world's growing population. Dow AgroSciences has approximately 6,000 people in over 50 countries dedicated to its business, and has worldwide sales of more than US $2 billion. Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company.

Monsanto Company, an 85 percent owned subsidiary of Pharmacia Corporation (NYSE:PHA), is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity.

*Trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC

Roundup, Roundup Ready and Amplify are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC

For more information, please contact:

Ben Kaehler
Dow AgroSciences

Janice Armstrong
Monsanto Company