INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), was recognized for industry-leading technology and innovation with an international Agrow Award for "Best New Crop Protection Product." The prestigious Agrow Awards honor corporate and individual excellence in the crop protection and production industry.


Dow AgroSciences won Best New Crop Protection Product for spinetoram (Palgus(TM), Exalt(TM), sold in Central and Latin America). Spinetoram benefits millions of maize growers across Latin America by controlling Spodoptera frugiperda, the most significant pest of maize in Latin America. Spinetoram (Palgus(TM) 60SC, Exalt(TM) 60SC) provides outstanding control of S. frugiperda, with fast knockdown and good residual control, and it's even effective against insecticide-resistant S. frugiperda populations. Spinetoram has a very low use rate, very low mammalian toxicity, short environmental persistence, and minimal effects on non-target organisms and most beneficial arthropods.


"Our company has a strong history with the Agrow Awards, and we're excited to be recognized again this year for our work in exploring, creating and delivering differentiated crop protection products," said Dan Kittle, Ph.D., vice president, R&D for Dow AgroSciences. "This is also great recognition for our thousands of global employees who are constantly advancing science, creating breakthrough ideas, and delivering collaborative solutions."


Winners of the 2010 Agrow Awards were selected by a panel of 12 independent judges from the crop protection and agricultural biotech industry, and were announced today during an awards ceremony in London.


In addition to being named the winner of the Best New Crop Protection Product, Dow AgroSciences was also recognized as a finalist for people and products in the following categories:


Best Crop Protection Product in 25 Years: Bacillus thuringiensis-based Family of Traits

Best Manager with Strategic Vision: Tom Wiltrout

Most Innovative Chemistry: Sulfoxaflor Sap-feeding Insecticide

Best Novel Agricultural Biotechnology: SmartStax(TM)

Best Formulations Innovation: SPLAT-MAT(TM) Spinosad ME

Best Innovation In Non-Crop: Recruit(R) HD

Best Stewardship Program: Telone(TM) EU Product Stewardship Program

Agrow was established in 1985 and remains the unrivalled provider of news, analysis and data to the global crop protection industry. For more information: http://www.agrow.com/home


SOURCE: Dow AgroSciences