LibertyLink soybean file moves forward to EU Agricultural Council

Research Triangle Park, N.C., Feb. 18, 2008 -- Following the vote by the European Union’s Standing Committee for the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) on February 12, 2008, the Bayer CropScience file applying for EU import tolerance for food and feed from LibertyLink® soybeans now moves forward to the Agricultural Council, in accordance with the established EU authorization process.

With a planned launch in 2009, LibertyLink will be the only non-selective alternative herbicide tolerant system that will enable growers to maintain current production processes and rotate herbicide tolerant systems in order to avoid weed resistance, an increasing problem in U.S. soybean production areas.

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 5.7 billion (2006), 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 17,900 and is represented in more than 120 countries.