WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – U.S. soybean growers worried about Asian soybean rust will have a new fungicide to use as their first line of defense against the disease. Valent U.S.A. Corp. will market Domark, a leading edge fungicide invented and developed by Isagro SpA.

“Valent has entered into an agreement with Isagro USA to market Domark for control of soybean rust in the U.S.,” said Anita Dale, senior director of new business development for Valent.

The active ingredient in Domark is tetraconazole, a triazole fungicide offering outstanding performance with both preventative and curative activity to control soybean rust. Domark’s superior control of soybean rust will ensure maximum yield potential for U.S. soybean growers.

“Domark has a proven track record against soybean rust,” said Dennis Krass, president of Isagro USA. “This is the third year it has been used in Brazil, and it has been recognized as one of the premier fungicides for controlling the disease. It is also being sold in Argentina this year and has shown excellent results in farmers’ fields. In addition, Domark has provided excellent results in USDA trials conducted in South America and South Africa.”

Jamie Nielson, Valent Midwest market manager, recommends that Domark be used as the first fungicide applied to control soybean rust.

“Domark will provide U.S. growers with a single product offering both preventative and curative properties against this yield-robbing disease,” Nielson said. “This dual action will provide growers with the confidence of knowing that they can use one product to prevent the infection of their soybeans with rust, and if infection has already occurred at the time of application, Domark will act to stop the spread of the disease in the field.”

Isagro USA plans to submit Domark for full Section 3 registration for soybeans from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2005.

Valent offers other Soybean Solutions products like the herbicides Valor, Select, Gangster, Cobra, Phoenix, and Resource.

Valent U.S.A. Corp. markets and sells herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, bio-insecticides, insect growth regulators, nematicides, baits and plant growth regulators for the agricultural, horticultural, turf, ornamental and professional pest control markets.

Isagro USA is a subsidiary of Isagro SpA, an integrated agricultural chemical company based in Italy. Isagro operates in the research, development, production, marketing and distribution of plant protection products on a global basis. For more information about Isagro, visit www.isagro.com.

For more information about Domark Fungicide, Valent U.S.A. Corp. or Valent’s full product line, call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368), or visit the Valent Web site at www.valent.com.

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