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Articles from 2010 In February


National Hog Farmer

NEW HOLLAND AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES TIER 4A SOLUTIONS

NEW HOLLAND, PA (February 25, 2010) -- As the Clean Energy Leader, New Holland has been pioneering the use of biodiesel in agricultural machinery since 2006, and is currently researching the most advanced technologies. The Brand developed the award-winning NH2TM tractor, the first to use hydrogen fuel cells, and the Energy Independent Farm concept, therefore exploring ways to enable farmers to reach zero emissions and energy independence in the future.

In the meantime, Tier 4A emissions regulations will become a legal requirement in 2011 for medium- and heavy-duty engines above 174hp (130 kW). Once again New Holland intends to be at the forefront of the industry, with ingenious solutions that make farming easier and more efficient while respecting the environment. “We believe that a one size fits all approach just won’t work in modern farming,” explains Pierre Lahutte, Director of Global Marketing and Communication for New Holland Agriculture. “We are committed to integrating the best available engine technology for every machine and operation.” So, New Holland has adopted SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology for machines with engines above 100 hp and CEGR, Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation, for engines below 100 hp.

These solutions have been developed in partnership with Fiat Powertrain Technologies who are the environmentally friendly engine pioneers. They have already produced over 100,000 Cursor and Nef engines that effectively use SCR technology. Throughout this process, the technology has been continually developed and refined. This has resulted in a reduction in operating and maintenance costs, while increasing productivity and meeting emission requirements at a competitive price.

SCR is an after-treatment system that’s separate from the main engine function and does not compromise horsepower or torque. It does not interfere with engine performance, but actually improves it. The SCR system uses a catalyst that treats the nitrogen oxides contained in the exhaust gas with an odorless mixture of chemical urea and purified water, transforming them into harmless water and nitrogen. The system is easy to use and simply requires the operator to fill the additive tank. The additive will be available through an extensive distribution network, and can conveniently be stored on the farm.

“SCR will be further developed to guarantee our customers the most reliable, cost-effective and state-of-the-art products, when future, ever more stringent emission regulations are introduced for the agricultural industry,” says Pierre Lahutte. “By using SCR technology beginning in 2011, New Holland has invested in research and development now that will be invaluable in helping us to achieve final Tier 4B requirements. Having compliant technology now allows us to keep our research investments focused on developing the next generation of agricultural machinery that will redefine the efficiency, comfort and performance that farmers demand.”

About New Holland

New Holland is a world leader in agricultural, utility and construction equipment. New Holland sells and services an innovative and diverse line of equipment, including a full line of tractors as well as hay and forage equipment, harvesting, crop production and material handling equipment.

Sales, parts and service are provided to customers by New Holland dealers throughout the United States and Canada. There are more than 1,100 New Holland dealerships located throughout North America.

For more information on New Holland equipment, contact your local New Holland dealer or visit the New Holland Web site at www.newholland.com/na.

For more information, contact:

contact@newhollandmediakit.com

610-621-2253

www.newholland.com/na

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National Hog Farmer

OSAGE BIO ENERGY SIGNS CONTRACT WITH LAND O’ LAKES PURINA FEED TO MARKET BARLEY PROTEIN MEAL ANIMAL FEED

Osage Bio Energy is the only ethanol producer in the U.S. to offer this co-product

GLEN ALLEN, VA, (AgPR), Feb. 23, 2010 – Osage Bio Energy announced today it has signed a contract with Land O’Lakes Purina Feed to market its barley protein meal (BPM), a co-product of its ethanol bio-processing operation.

Osage Bio Energy’s first plant, Appomattox Bio Energy, located in Hopewell, Va., is currently under construction and scheduled to come online in late spring 2010. When complete, it will be the first commercial scale barley-to-ethanol processing plant in the United States. A co-product derived from processing barley into ethanol, BPM is a new protein-rich animal feed ingredient.

The innovative process design of Osage Bio Energy’s plant includes a specialized milling technique that removes the hulls from the barley -- thus reducing the fiber and concentrating the protein and starch. The hulls will be pelletized on-site and sold as a renewable fuel source.

Through the use of special enzymes during fermentation, the plant will convert the problematic waxy beta-glucans in the barley into ethanol, preventing them from becoming part of the BPM. Additionally, state-of-the-art ring dryers will shorten the BPM drying time and preserve the proteins and amino acids.

The nutritional profile of BPM has unique characteristics that differentiate it in the feeding world. It has a low fat profile and high protein and lysine content relative to other grain-based feeds. Additionally, because the product is derived from barley that has not been genetically modified, it represents a new source of non-GMO animal feed for global customers.

Appomattox Bio Energy has the capacity to produce up to 250,000 tons per year of barley protein meal annually. Interested buyers should contact Darian Carpenter at Land O’Lakes Purina Feed at dacarpenter@landolakes.com or 425-653-4237 for additional information.

About Land O'Lakes Purina Feed

Headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., Land O’Lakes Purina Feed (LOLPF) is a national organization serving producers and their families through 4,700 local cooperatives and independent dealerships throughout the United States. The company, in combination with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Purina Mills, LLC, is North America's leading feed manufacturer with an extensive line of animal feed, ingredients and services designed to help agricultural producers, dealers and cooperatives compete in the global marketplace.

LOLPF’s LongView Animal Nutrition Center, located on 1,188 acres in Gray Summit, Mo., is the premier animal nutrition research and development facility in North America. Their commitment to introducing breakthrough animal nutrition products and services to meet the needs of producers and pet owners has resulted in more than 100 patents worldwide, and multiple new products, programs and line extensions every year.

A dynamic, growing organization, LOLPF is part of Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of the largest, most respected agricultural cooperatives in the world with sales of $10 billion and business in all 50 states and more than 50 countries. LOLPF has a highly recognized and respected history of success in the livestock feeding business with more than 70 highly technical feed mills located across the U.S. The Land O’Lakes Purina Feed DDG Marketing team has experience and expertise in all forms of logistics (truck, rail car, containers, barge and break-bulk vessel).

About Osage Bio Energy

Headquartered in Glen Allen, Va., Osage Bio Energy was launched in January 2007 with the goal of developing the first major barley-to-ethanol bio-processing facilities in the United States. Osage Bio Energy will market its ethanol through Roanoke, Va.-based Osage, Inc., the largest independent distributor of motor-fuel grade ethanol in the Southeast.

Through its facilities, Osage Bio Energy is developing a market for barley to provide local farmers with an incremental cash crop, producing a high-quality barley protein meal for animal feed and aiding soil conservation efforts by promoting year-round farming opportunities.

Visit www.osagebioenergy.com for more information.

Contact: Heather Scott

Phone: 804.612.8627

E-mail: heather.scott@osagebioenergy.com

CAFO Meetings Planned For Early March in Missouri

A series of educational sessions are scheduled for early March in Missouri as producers start the process of renewing their confined animal feeding operation permits, according to the University of Missouri Extension.

The meetings will provide producers a chance to learn about proposed changes, how they may affect their operations and about key deadlines.

Presentations by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the University of Missouri faculty include plenty of time for questions and answers.

Meetings will be held:

--March 1 – 1 p.m., University of Missouri Southwest Center, Mt. Vernon, MO;

--March 1 – 7 p.m., Crowder College, Neosho, MO;

--March 2 – 1 p.m., Keller Public Library, Dexter, MO;

--March 4 – 1 p.m., Floral Hall, Macon County Park, Macon, MO;

--March 4 – 7 p.m., Audrain 4-H Center, Mexico, MO;

--March 5 – 1 p.m., Alexander Student Center, North Central Missouri College, Trenton, MO;

--March 8 – 1 p.m., Farm Credit Services Meeting Room, Sedalia, MO, and

--March 8 – 7 p.m., Eldon Community Center, Eldon, MO.

Klobuchar Pushes for Return Of U.S. Pork Trade to China

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) leads 18 senators urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Ton Kirk to hold China to its promise of reopening its markets to American pork exports.

“Minnesota and pork producers across the nation should not continue to be unfairly denied access to Chinese markets,” Klobuchar says. “I will continue to push the administration to hold China accountable for its commitments and to expand opportunities for U.S. exports overseas.”

The discovery of the H1N1 Flu Outbreak Virus has hurt international demand for U.S. pork, despite no known link between eating pork products and the virus. U.S. producers have faced increased trade barriers as China and other countries used the H1N1 virus as a means of blocking American pork products and boosting domestic industries.

Following the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in October, U.S. officials announced that China had pledged to reopen its market to U.S. pork and follow scientific guidelines for accepting imported meat.

National Hog Farmer

Alltech Celebrates National Teach Ag Day

[Lexington, KENTUCKY]- Alltech, a global animal health company, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, with more than 2,300 employees in 120 countries, is proud to support National Teach Ag Day on February 25, 2010. Not only does this day celebrate agriculture as a whole, but it emphasises the importance of education within the agriculture industry. Education represents the cornerstone of Alltech’s endeavour to create and innovate. Alltech’s educational focus is embodied through two education initiatives, Alltech’s Young Scientist Program and Kidzone.

The president and founder of Alltech, Dr. Pearse Lyons states the importance of this day, “The future of agriculture is in education. As leaders within the agricultural industry, it is our job to engage and educate the next generation on the important role of agriculture in our lives and to nurture a passion for our industry. Alltech is doing its part by providing global programs such as the Young Scientist Program and Kidzone.”

The Young Scientist Program was created by Alltech to continue the company's commitment to furthering education in science. Alltech created this global competition to promote research and talent. The Alltech Young Scientist Award brings together the world’s brightest scientific thinkers from colleges and universities across the globe. Undergraduate and graduate students are asked to register and submit a scientific paper on a topic involving animal feed technologies, agricultural developments or agriculture management. Since the inception of this program in 2005, the program has grown from 86 applicants in its first year to nearly 4,000 for the 2010’s competition.

Alltech Kidzone, has been developed in conjunction with Agri Aware, the Irish Agri food educational body. Kidzone is an online resource which is designed to engage, educate, and inspire children and to nurture a passion for agriculture and the agri-food industry. Presented in an entertaining and fun manner, the interactive website features a full range of curriculum-linked educational material for teachers and students all over the world. The program offers factual information on farming, food and the environment to children of all ages so that they can learn the important role that agriculture plays in their lives and how much choice and opportunity the industry has to offer. Ten years after the implementation of Agri Aware’s ongoing program in Ireland the number of students interested in entering the agriculture industry rose from 30 to 70 percent in 2009.

The primary purpose of National Teach Ag Day is to open the minds of young people to consider a career in teaching agriculture science. In acknowledgement of the day’s importance, National Teach Ag Day has been sponsored by Rep. Travis Childers, (D-MS) and endorsed by the House of Representatives.

National Teach Ag Day is a component of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). The day is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company and Landmark Nurseries as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Alltech is a global leader in natural animal nutrition, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. With more than 2300 employees in 120 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

Alltech is the proud sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010™ to be held in Lexington, Kentucky from September 25 to October 10, 2010. Visit the official site of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at www.alltechfeigames.com for complete information about the event or to purchase tickets.

National Hog Farmer

DuPont Has Record Innovation Year Despite 2009 Recession

A Member of the TR50 Most Innovative Companies in the World, DuPont Saw 39 Percent of Revenue from Products Introduced in 2009

WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 25, 2010 – DuPont Senior Vice President and Chief Science & Technology Officer Uma Chowdhry announced the company’s innovation results set a new record in 2009 despite the global economic recession.

“Innovation is a critical lever for DuPont, whether it is at the peak of economic growth or in the midst of a recession,” Chowdhry said. “Our commitment to innovation did not waver, even through the worst recession in decades, and it is paying off. Our R&D engine continues to deliver to the top and bottom line at DuPont. New products underpin our marketing success and volumes for our new differentiated products were strong through the downturn helping us to achieve outstanding results.”

DuPont had a record year in innovation results in 2009, including:

Sales from New Products: DuPont sales from new products launched in the previous five years reached $10 billion in 2009, or 39 percent of revenue. Chowdhry announced that in 2010 the definition of “new product” will change to products commercialized within a four year window.

“Our market-driven science and intense customer focus helped our customers distinguish themselves verses their competitors with our differentiated offerings. Government stimulus related opportunities in China enabled several new launches, boosting global revenue,” Chowdhry said.

New Product Launches: DuPont commercialized more than 1,400 new products and applications in 2009, more new products than in any prior year and a 60 percent increase from 2008.

Patents Filed and Granted: DuPont scientists and engineers filed 2,086 patent applications in the United States, the highest number in the company’s history and up 8 percent from 2008. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted DuPont 592 patents, a 20 percent increase over 2008.

These leading indicators for value creation continually receive external recognition demonstrating leadership over competition. MIT Technology Review has listed DuPont on its TR50, a list of the 50 most innovative companies in the world.

DuPont has the strongest patent portfolio in the chemical industry according to the Patent Scorecard™ issued on Feb. 23. The company has received this top ranking every quarter since January 2007 when the PatentBoard™ first issued the Scorecard™ and was rated more than twice as strong as second place BASF for “Technology Strength, an aggregate measure of the overall quality of a company’s patent strength.” DuPont also is a sector-leading constituent of the Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index (NYSE Euronext: OTPAT), the industry’s first index based on the value of intellectual property, for holding the highest Innovation Ratio within the materials industry sector.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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Ocean Tomo 300® is a registered trademark of Ocean Tomo, LLC.

Educational Briefings Tell the Positive Story of Antibiotics

Livestock and poultry leaders hosted educational briefings on Capitol Hill Tuesday to share the facts about the importance of tools like antibiotics in raising healthy food animals.

The informational sessions were sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council, National Milk Producers Federation, National Turkey Federation, American Meat Institute and National Meat Association.

The briefings were held in cooperation with Reps. David Scott (D-GA), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Zack Space (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) and by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA).

Producers follow responsible use programs that provide specific guidelines on the safe and proper use of antibiotics in herd health systems.

“We use antibiotics judiciously and responsibly to protect the health of our herds and to produce safe pork,” says Craig Rowles, DVM, Carroll, IA. “We know that a ban on antibiotics, like the one in Denmark, will have adverse affects on our pigs, will raise the cost of production and will not provide a benefit to public health.”

“Prompt and judicious use of efficacious antibiotics is critical for the successful treatment and, at times, control of specific bacterial diseases in cattle. Certain FDA-approved antibiotics also enable us to significantly improve the efficiency of beef production,” says Guy Loneragan, DVM, an epidemiologist and associate professor at West Texas A&M University. “Maintaining access to FDA-approved safe and effective technologies, including animal health products, helps ensure both the health and resource efficiency of U.S. herds and flocks.”

No evidence has been shown that the use of antibiotics on farms contributes significantly to an increase in antibiotic resistance in humans. In fact, a growing body of evidence supports just the opposite, that professional use of these products keeps animals healthy and enhances animal welfare while not contributing to resistance.

“Taking FDA-approved animal drugs off the market would leave farmers and veterinarians with very limited options for preventing and controlling disease in livestock and poultry, which would have serious repercussions for animal health and preventing food-borne disease, with the strong likelihood that there would be no improvement in human health,” says Timothy Cummings, DVM, clinical poultry professor for the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine at Mississippi State University. “It’s absolutely vital that any decisions about the care of animals and the safety of our food be based on sound science rather than unsubstantiated concerns.”

Montpelier, OH, veterinarian and dairy farmer Leon Weaver adds: “The U.S. dairy industry conducts more than 3.3 million tests each year on all milk entering dairy plants to ensure that antibiotics are kept out of the milk supply. According to the most recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data, less than one tanker in 3,800 tests positive for any animal drug residues, including antibiotics. In those rare cases, any milk that tests positive is disposed of immediately and does not get into the food supply.”

National Hog Farmer

Digital Angel's Destron Fearing Unit Providing Bio-Thermo(R) Chips for Swine Vaccine Research

Harrisvaccines Inc. Research Team Takes Advantage of Destron Fearing Bio-Thermo LifeChip(R) Technology

SO. ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Digital Angel /quotes/comstock/15*!diga/quotes/nls/diga (DIGA 0.47, 0.00, 0.00%) , an advanced technology company in the field of animal identification and emergency identification solutions, announced today that its Destron Fearing unit has been chosen to provide its Bio-Thermo(R) LifeChips(R) and DTR-4(R) hand-held readers to researchers to aid in the development of vaccines designed to protect swine from two of the industry's most costly diseases, Swine Influenza Virus (SIV) and Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV).

Thanks to a series of grants provided though the Iowa State Board of Regents, the University researchers are working on vaccines in conjunction with Hank Harris, Professor of Animal Science, and his company, Harrisvaccines Inc. (d/b/a Sirrah Bios) at the Iowa State University Research Park. Harrisvaccines Inc. is developing next-generation vaccines that utilize a common platform-based approach to livestock diseases.

Chief Technical Officer for influenza vaccine development at Harrisvaccines Inc., Ryan Vander Veen, added, "In our research studies with pigs, we have been inserting the LifeChips subcutaneously near the base of the ear in order to monitor temperature and look for a febrile response following a disease challenge. We have not noticed any problems with migration of the chips nor have we had any problems with collecting the readings. The LifeChip is a great product, and it has really made temperature collection easier; and I believe that it provides a much more accurate temperature reading without the stress of those collected by rectal thermometer."

Joseph J. Grillo, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Angel, said, "While most of our sales of the new Bio-Thermo LifeChip to date have been into the equine and companion pet markets, we are proud to be a part of this important and innovative effort to protect the swine population from two of its most costly diseases."

About Destron Fearing and Digital Angel

Destron Fearing is a subsidiary of Digital Angel /quotes/comstock/15*!diga/quotes/nls/diga (DIGA 0.47, 0.00, 0.00%) , an advanced technology company in the field of animal identification and emergency identification solutions. Digital Angel's products are utilized around the world in such applications as pet identification, using its patented, FDA-approved implantable microchip; livestock identification and herd management using visual and radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags; and global positioning systems (GPS) search and rescue beacons for army, navy and air force applications worldwide. For further information please visit www.destronfearing.com and www.digitalangel.com.

This press release contains certain "forward-looking" statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Forward-looking statements included in this press release include, without limitation, those concerning expectations regarding the expected benefits of the technology and impact of the awards on the Company's financial results. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Additional information about these and other factors that could affect the Company's businesses is set forth in the Company's Form 10-K under the caption "Risk Factors" filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 31, 2009, and subsequent filings with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this statement or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

SOURCE: Digital Angel

Digital Angel

Jay McKeage, 651-554-1564

jmckeage@digitalangel.com

Pork Checkoff Corrects Critic of Pork’s Healthiness

The Pork Checkoff has countered the claims of a cookbook author who recently suggested that America’s “collective hankering for meat has left us with some expensive problems,” including human health issues and environmental degradation.

“We want to make sure that people have correct information and understand that nutrient-rich pork can be an important part of a healthy diet,” says Adria Sheil-Brown, a registered dietitian and manager of nutrition communications and research for the Pork Checkoff.

At issue is the article “Eating Less Meat: Signs of a Growing Trend” by Tara Mataraza Desmond, which appeared in the January 2010 edition of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP)’s Frontburner e-newsletter. The author stated that “meat-heavy diets have been consistently linked to increased risk of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis. She also cited Mark Bittman’s book “Food Matters,” which claims that global livestock production is responsible for “about one-fifth of all greenhouse gases – more than transportation.”

The Pork Checkoff succeeded in getting a letter of rebuttal published in the February Frontburner, which circulates to nearly 3,000 members from more than 32 countries.

Sheil-Brown wrote that:

--The National Pork Board believes that the healthiest diets consist of a balance of fruits and vegetables and nutrient-dense red meat, a position held by many health organizations. Red meat provides many under-consumed nutrients including potassium, phosphorus and vitamin B12.

--Vital nutrients such as iron and zinc are more easily absorbed when they come from meat rather than vegetables. Vitamin B12 is only found in meat from animals.

--Consumption data shows an appropriate actual intake of nutrient-rich meats. The National Pork Board believes the current dietary guideline of an average of 5.5-oz. equivalents in the meat and beans group (based on a 2,000 calories/day diet) remains appropriate based on a wealth of scientific evidence.

--Consumption survey analysis shows that despite an average amount of meat and meat equivalents of 5.3 oz./day by Americans, only 44% of all individuals 2 years and older, 62% of men 20 years and older, and 37% of women 20 years and older consume at least the minimum recommended amounts from the meat group. “Clearly, Americans are not over-consuming meat,” Sheil-Brown says.

--Animal agriculture creates only a small percent of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States and pork production an even smaller amount. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pork production contributed only 0.33% of total U.S. emissions in 2007.

--Livestock-related GHG emissions have declined per unit of production. “At the practical level, every pound of pork produced in the United States today has a smaller carbon footprint compared to 20 years ago,” says Sheil-Brown.

For more information about the Pork Checkoff, go to www.pork.org.

National Hog Farmer

Are You Carhartt Tough?

Carhartt and Cintas Launch Contest to Celebrate New Partnership

Cincinnati, Oh. – Carhartt and Cintas have launched its search for North America’s toughest workers. The Are You Carhartt Tough? Contest is being conducted in conjunction with the roll-out of a new product line being offered by the two companies.

Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq:CTAS), North America’s largest uniform supplier, has partnered with Carhartt, a global manufacturer of premium workwear, to offer Carhartt garments for the first time in a Uniform Rental Program.

“This contest is really a reflection of our companies,” says Chuck Helmes, Director of Garment Strategy at Cintas Corporation. “Both Carhartt and Cintas are known for providing tough products and dependable service, and we want to celebrate workers who reflect those same characteristics.”

With Ducks Unlimited® acting as media sponsor, contest organizers will reach out to the American workforce to identify people who are strong, dependable, resilient and rugged.

Beginning on April 30, three finalists will be announced each quarter. After a year’s time, all twelve finalists will be featured on the contest website where the public will be encouraged to cast votes for the toughest of the tough. Two Grand Prize winners will receive either a weekend duck hunt trip designed by Ducks Unlimited® or a trip to The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series in 2011.

Contestants can register by visiting www.CarharttRental.com, where they can submit a short essay and photograph. “This is going to a fun contest,” said Steve Carter, Vice President of Corporate Sales for Carhartt. “Our customers work hard and play hard, and these are two fabulous prizes that we look forward to presenting to our top two finalists.”

Experience the Carhartt Difference in a rental program by visiting:

www.cintas.com/Carhartt

About Cintas Corporation

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

About Carhartt, Inc

Established in 1889, Carhartt is a global premium work wear brand with a rich heritage of developing rugged apparel for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., with more than 3,500 employees worldwide, Carhartt is privately owned and managed by the descendants of the company‘s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit www.carhartt.com.

About Ducks Unlimited

With the help of over one milling supporters, Ducks Unlimited works on the ground to restore, manage and conserve habitats that benefit wildlife and people. Learn more at www.ducks.org.

Media Contacts:

Chuck Helmes, Cintas Corporation

Director of Garment Strategy

helmesc@cintas.com

(513) 573-3933

Ashley Hallmark, Rubin Communications Group

ashley@rubincommunications.com

(757) 456-5212