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Dow Sells Global Dinitroaniline Herbicide Portfolio

As Dow AgroSciences looks to the future of weed control, it's decided to sell its entire global dinitroaniline (DNA) herbicide portfolio. Gowan Company announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the DNA herbicides from Dow AgroSciences. This announcement comes after, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revoked the registration of Enlist Duo herbicide.

The acquisition includes global product registrations; trademarks including Treflan, Edge, Team, Bonalan, and Sonalan; intellectual property; and labels for herbicides based on the molecules trifluralin, benfluralin, and ethalfluralin. A formulation and packaging facility in Sturgeon County, Alberta, Canada, is also part of the transaction.

DNA herbicides were one of the first families of selective soil herbicides and have been a part of weed management programs for over a half century. The global DNA business to be acquired by Gowan has a broad regulatory presence with active registrations in 22 countries including the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, and parts of Europe. These products provide proven control of annual grasses and small seeded broadleaf weeds in a wide range of crops including cotton, beans, canola, cereals, crucifers, cucurbits, and vegetables.
 
Juli Jessen, Gowan Group CEO, said in a company report, “We are enthusiastic to be able to acquire these proven products in this critical era for herbicide-resistance management. The products are particularly significant for us in Canada and Europe where our growing sales force is centered on extending the utility of herbicide programs.”
 
“These products have been essential to modern weed control, and our sale of the DNA business doesn’t diminish this history as we look to the future and invest in innovative and differentiated products,” said Ramiro De La Cruz, Dow AgroSciences vice president, crop protection.

According to a joint statement, Gowan and Dow are committed to working together to ensure a seamless transition of this business for all stakeholders. The transaction is expected to close by year-end 2015.

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