Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company was recognized for industry-leading technology and innovation with an international Agrow Award for “Best Novel Agricultural Biotechnology.” Additionally, the company’s Thomas Sparks, Ph.D., was announced as the “2012 International Award for Research in Agrochemicals” winner by the Agrochemical Division of the American Chemical Society.

DuPont distinguished scientist George Lahm, Ph.D., was recognized for his extremely distinguished career achievements and contributions to the agricultural industry with the prestigious Agrow “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Agrow is a leading provider of news, analysis and data to the global agriculture industry, and it conducts the Agrow Awards program annually to recognize excellence in the crop protection and production industry. Winners of the 2011 Agrow Awards were selected by a panel of 10 independent judges from the crop protection and agricultural biotech industry, and were announced during an awards ceremony in London. 

Dow AgroSciences won in the Best Novel Agricultural Biotechnology category for SmartStax hybrids. SmartStax technology has been adopted by millions of corn growers across North America. It delivers multiple modes of action for the broadest spectrum of insect control ever available, combined with the most complete herbicide tolerance currently available. On July 20, 2009, SmartStax received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granting a reduced refuge of only five percent in the United States Corn Belt for both above and below ground insect pests, a decision based on the multiple modes of action delivered by SmartStax. SmartStax was commercially launched in 2010 in the United States and Canada, with further global launches expected to follow.

Lahm, a member of the DuPont team since 1980, has led major research efforts in the company’s agricultural business, including his contribution to discovery of two DuPont blockbuster insect control products, DuPont Rynaxypyr and Cyazypyr. His work on innovative insecticide compounds was noted as having helped increase global food production by increasing the quantity and marketable value of fruits, vegetables and other crops through reducing losses due to insects for growers around the world. Lahm’s contributions to agriculture also have been recognized with several other honors over the years, including seven in the last eight years.

Dow AgroSciences researcher Sparks won his award from the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding contributions to research in agrochemicals. Sparks was recognized specifically for his exceptional accomplishments in applying new technology from a number of disciplines to the discovery of new pest control agents. Sparks was instrumental in the development of the spinosyn class of insecticides, which provide natural insect control of a variety of pests while leaving beneficial insects unharmed.