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Dow AgroSciences and ADM Collaborate to Bring Enlist E3™ Soybeans to U.S. Farmers

10/11/2017
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INDIANAPOLIS and CHICAGO, Oct. 11, 2017 — U.S. farmers will have access to Enlist E3™ soybeans for 2018 planting through an agreement between Dow AgroSciences and ADM. The companies today announced a collaboration that features a comprehensive closed-loop system designed to provide growers access to Enlist E3 soybeans and deliver the soybeans and their resulting products to customers for use within North America. 

“U.S. farmers need access to the newest technologies to boost productivity,” says Joe Vertin, Dow AgroSciences Enlist™ global leader. “When advanced solutions are available and fully approved in the United States, they should reach farmers as quickly as possible.” 

Putting farmers first

“At ADM, everything begins with the farmer,” says John McGowan, ADM president, North American Oilseeds. “We are pleased to work with Dow AgroSciences to bring this landmark program to growers in 2018. This is a great example of how farmers, seed companies and agricultural processors can come together and support solutions that benefit the entire industry.”

Resistant and hard-to-control weeds are one of the most costly and frustrating obstacles for crop farmers today. The Enlist™ weed control system offers exceptional weed control and helps maximize yield potential. 

“This weed control technology is greatly needed in our area,” says Pat Duncanson, who grows soybeans in Minnesota. “We need effective options to control weeds that are threatening to cut yield and profit potential in our fields.”

Enlist E3™ soybeans are tolerant to applications of 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate, giving farmers multiple herbicide modes of action postemergence. This helps farmers not only control their toughest, most economically damaging weeds but also curtail the development of weed resistance, preserving valuable herbicides.

“The American Soybean Association appreciates the tight, closed-loop production and processing system that has been developed,” says ASA President Ron Moore, a farmer from Roseville, Illinois. “This will allow a number of farmers to experience the Enlist weed control system and is designed to keep all production out of export channels. We also appreciate Dow AgroSciences’ continued efforts to seek import approvals in China and the EU.” 

Robust protocols key to success

The Dow AgroSciences program requires participating farmers to adhere to a comprehensive, robust set of protocols designed to ensure the soybeans reach specific ADM facilities, which will process them for use in North American markets only. Farmers will deliver their Enlist E3™ soybean crop to 1 of 4 ADM plants designated for this program: 
• Mankato, Minnesota
• Frankfort, Indiana
• Mexico, Missouri
• Deerfield, Missouri 

“We’ve put a lot of thought into the best way to manage the process,” Vertin says. “We’re confident in the collaboration with ADM and in providing farmers access to the Enlist system to control their toughest weeds.”

Details of the program will be made available through participating seed companies in fall 2017 for the 2018 planting season. For more information and to find out how to participate in this program, visit Enlist.com.

Dow AgroSciences continues to pursue additional import approvals for Enlist E3 soybeans.

About Dow AgroSciences

Dow AgroSciences discovers, develops, and brings to market crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions for the growing world. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company and had annual global sales of $6.2 billion in 2016. Learn more at www.dowagro.com. Follow Dow AgroSciences on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed. 

About DowDuPont Agriculture Division

DowDuPont Agriculture, a business division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences. Together, the DowDuPont Agriculture Division provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry, developed through a robust research pipeline across germplasm, biotech traits and crop protection. DowDuPont Agriculture is committed to delivering innovation, helping growers increase productivity and ensuring food security for a growing global population. DowDuPont intends to separate the DowDuPont Agriculture Division into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found at www.dow-dupont.com.

About ADM

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 32,000 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 250 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 38 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at www.adm.com.  

®™DOW Diamond, Enlist, Enlist E3 and Enlist Logos are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Enlist E3 soybeans were jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences and MS Technologies. 

Contacts
Melissa Norby
Bader Rutter
515-450-9321
mnorby@bader-rutter.com

Jill Zeller
Dow AgroSciences
317-337-3224
jzeller@dow.com

Jackie Anderson
ADM
312-634-8484
media@adm.com