DuPont Scores a Hat Trick for Innovation



    LONDON, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - The achievements of the global crop production
and protection industry were celebrated at the inaugural Agrow Awards ceremony
held on October 16 in Glasgow. The awards are intended to bring wider
recognition to an industry whose contribution to our lives is often
overlooked.
    "I have learnt more about this remarkable industry this evening than I
did when I was Minister for the Environment," claimed Gyles Brandreth, the
celebrity, author and former politician hosting the first Agrow Awards.
    DuPont's Crop Protection and Pioneer Hi-Bred businesses received three
prestigious Agrow Awards in recognition of its innovative and industry-leading
agricultural product pipeline and technologies. When presenting DuPont with
the award for best R&D pipeline, Paul French from sponsor SynTech Research
noted how its pipeline included potential blockbuster agrochemical products
and agricultural biotechnology traits, and diversity in early-stage research.
    There was spirited applause for Dr Bob Holm who received the lifetime
achievement award. His career in the crop protection industry spans nearly 40
years and he is most well-known for his time with the US minor-use IR-4
programme. Pete Blezard from sponsor Plant Impact spoke of one of Bob's
greatest accomplishments being his ability to develop win-win IR-4
partnerships with registrants, commodity groups and regulatory agencies
including the US EPA, California Department of Pesticide Regulation and
Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency. These partnerships have resulted
in thousands of food-use clearances on reduced risk, safer traditional
chemicals and biopesticides. Collecting his award, Dr Holm said: "The Agrow
lifetime achievement award is one of the highest tributes I have received in
my career and holds a special significance because it also encompasses my 30
years in the crop protection industry and is an award on a global basis.
Considering the excellent other finalists, I consider the award quite an
honour."
    Dow AgroSciences received the award for the best formulation innovation
for EcoZome, although it lost out to DuPont's insecticide, Rynaxypyr, in the
contest for most innovative chemistry.
    The best new crop protection product was Monsanto's genetically modified
insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant YieldGard VT Triple. When announcing
the winner, Lucy Croucher from sponsor JSC, commented on the product's
sell-out performance in its launch year.
    CropLife Canada received the accolade of best stewardship programme for
stewardshipfirst, recognising how it has actively developed a comprehensive
approach to product stewardship focusing on the responsible and ethical
management of its products for over 20 years.
    Phil Jarvis, publisher of Agrow, presented United Phosphorus with the
award for best company from an emerging region. United Phosphorus only entered
Agrow's ranking of the top 20 agrochemical companies two years ago and is now
knocking at the door of the top 10. A company that has been, and continues to
be, ambitiously acquisitive. One to watch!
    The award for best supporting role was contested by a variety of
companies. The winner, however, was a company that provides a true
one-stop-shop to its customers, and that aims to be a world leader in both
science and customer service - Huntingdon Life Sciences.
    Customer service continued to be a wining trait of the recipient of the
award for best supplier Saltigo, noted for its dedicated key accounts team and
ability to support the whole lifecycle of customers' products from route
selection to pilot scale and commercial production.
    The German Crop Protection Pest Control and Fertilizer Association won
the award for the best public outreach programme with its "Food for Life!"
scheme promoting the benefits of crop protection.
    The stage is now set for the second Agrow Awards. More details of the
inaugural event, together with pictures and winners' responses, will be
published in a special Agrow Magazine supplement, "The Agrow Awards 2007".
Images are also available on request.

    Agrow World Crop Protection News is a worldwide business-to-business news
service for the crop protect and production industries, published by Informa
Healthcare, part of the Informa Group. The newsletter has been running for
more than 22 years and has over 10,000 readers in agrochemical companies and
related businesses around the world. For more information, see:

    http://www.agrownews.com and http://www.agrowawards.com

    The Winners and Sponsors

    Best Formulations Innovation 2007
    EcoZome - Dow AgroSciences

    Best R&D Pipeline 2007
    DuPont Ag and Nutrition Platform
    Sponsored by Syntech Research

    Best New Crop Protection Product 2007
    YieldGard VT Triple, Monsanto
    Sponsored by JSC International Limited

    Best Stewardship Programme 2007
    stewardshipfirst, CropLife Canada

    Most Innovative Chemistry 2007
    Rynaxypyr, DuPont Crop Protection

    Best Novel Agricultural Biotechnology 2007
    Optimum GAT Herbicide Tolerance Trait, Pioneer Hi-Bred International &
    DuPont Crop Protection

    Best Company from an Emerging Region 2007
    United Phosphorus Ltd

    Best Supporting Role 2007
    Huntingdon Life Sciences

    Best Supplier 2007
    Saltigo GmbH

    Best Public Outreach Programme 2007
    Food for Life! - The Benefits of Crop Protection, German Crop Protection
    Pest Control and Fertilizer Association

    Lifetime Achievement
    Dr Bob Holm
    Sponsored by Plant Impact

    Barclay Chemicals supported the event as a networking partner




For further information:

For further information: Philip Jarvis, Publisher, Direct Line:
+44-(0)20-70176853, Email: Philip.jarvis@informa.com; Babita Bahal, Events
Director, Direct Line: +44-(0)20-7017-4804, Mobile/Cellphone:
+44-791-758-5454, Email: Babita.bahal@informa.com

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