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NutriDense® Grain and Perdue AgriBusiness Announce Contracting Opportunity

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, November 18, 2009 – BASF Plant Science is pleased to announce the addition of Perdue AgriBusiness to the list of companies now contracting for NutriDense Grain. Perdue, a leading merchandiser, processor and exporter of grain, is committed to working with local farmers to enhance their profitability through NutriDense Grain.

“Perdue has been evaluating NutriDense Grain for some time, and we are very pleased with the results we saw this harvest and in previous feeding trials,” said John Ade, Perdue AgriBusiness vice president of grain sales and merchandising. “By accepting NutriDense Grain at our facilities, we will be able to offer growers a premium contracting opportunity while providing optimal nutrition and enhancing animal feed performance.”

As a result of this program, corn growers delivering to the Perdue feed mills in Washington, Ind. and Livermore, Ky. will have a strong local market for NutriDense Grain. NutriDense hybrids are available in these areas through NutriDense licensed seed companies. For a list of these companies, visit

“This program will provide the opportunity for many corn growers in these areas to experience the benefits of NutriDense Grain,” said Scott Friedlund, NutriDense Grain product manager. “We appreciate the opportunity to add value to the local agricultural community through NutriDense Grain, and we look forward to a long, mutually beneficial relationship with Perdue.”

NutriDense is a nutritionally enhanced corn that contains a stacked set of output traits designed to enhance animal feed performance.

For swine and poultry producers, corn hybrids containing NutriDense Grain traits elevate ration energy content without adding fat, increase essential amino acid content and improve phosphorus availability. At the same time, NutriDense Grain reduces the amount of soybean meal in the ration, which increases digestibility. NutriDense Grain provides better animal nutrition that leads to greater profitability for producers.

About Perdue AgriBusiness

Perdue AgriBusiness is a wholly owned subsidiary of Perdue Incorporated. Ranked among the largest grain companies in the United States, Perdue AgriBusiness is a leading merchandiser, processor and exporter of agriculture products. Through its more than 40 elevator locations with more than 60 million bushels of storage, four transload facilities, three protein blend mills, three soybean crushing operations, an edible oil refinery and two rendering facilities, Perdue AgriBusiness serves agricultural markets across the United States and around the world. Visit www.perdueagribusiness.comfor more information.

About BASF Plant Science

BASF consolidated its plant biotechnology activities in BASF Plant Science in 1998. Today, about 700 employees are working to optimize crops for more efficient agriculture, renewable raw materials and healthier nutrition for humans and animals. Projects include yield increase in staple crops, higher content of Omega-3s in oil crops for preventing cardiovascular diseases, and potatoes with optimized starch composition for industrial use. To find out more about BASF Plant Science, please see our Internet web site at:

About BASF

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals and oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than €62 billion in 2008 and had approximately 97,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at:

For more information, contact:

Fran Castle

BASF Plant Science

Tel: (919) 547-2710

Email: [email protected]

Courtney Beck

Howard, Merrell & Partners

Tel: (919) 844-2708

Email: [email protected]