China Issues Safety Certificate for LibertyLink® Soybeans

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture has granted a safety certificate for LibertyLink® soybeans, which clears the way for imports of the soybeans into the country. The receipt of this certificate marks a significant milestone toward the commercialization of LibertyLink soybeans, as China is the largest importer of U.S. soybeans.

“We are very pleased that the Chinese government has cleared LibertyLink soybeans for import,” said Andy Hurst, LibertyLink product manager for Bayer CropScience. “We are well on track to meet our projected commercial launch target of 2009 in the United States.”

Bayer CropScience is committed to securing import authorizations in key soybean importing countries. To date, LibertyLink soybeans are fully approved for food, feed and cultivation in the United States and Canada and for importation and/or cultivation in Argentina, Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan.

LibertyLink soybeans will bring important benefits and choice to soybean farmers. The LibertyLink trait and Ignite® herbicide will be the only non-selective alternative herbicide tolerant system for soybeans that will enable growers to maintain current production practices and rotate herbicide tolerant systems in order to effectively manage weed resistance and preserve the utility of these technologies. The system will also deliver other benefits to growers -- less tillage, labor, fuel and equipment usage; and the ease and convenience of non-selective, post-emergent weed control with excellent crop safety – in competitive, high-yielding varieties.

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 5.8 billion (2007), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of about 17,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries.