Syngenta Now Accepting Nominations for Resistance Fighter of the Year Sound Weed Resistance Management Practices Deserve Recognition

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Resistance Fighter of the Year program recognizes successful weed management programs. Use of residual herbicides and other strategies help preserve glyphosate technology and combat glyphosate-resistant weeds. Visit http://www.resistancefighteroftheyear.com to nominate someone today.

I commend Syngenta for their efforts on this program and their efforts on resistance management as a whole. A program that recognizes educators in this way reinforces the importance of weed resistance management industry-wide.

While warnings about glyphosate-resistant weeds have been abundant in recent years, more and more growers are starting to see these weeds in their own fields. The resistance problem is proliferating on a national scale - more fields in more counties have more weeds surviving repeated glyphosate applications.

"This is a problem that will not go away unless we all drastically change our weed management practices," said Chuck Foresman, manager of weed resistance strategies, Syngenta Crop Protection. "Rather than conducting 'business as usual,' growers need to look for new options to treat these weeds. We applaud those who are counseling growers to proactively implement sound resistance management practices. Those individuals inspired us to create the Resistance Fighter of the Year program."

The Resistance Fighter of the Year program recognizes those who serve as role models and provide growers with guidance they need to manage weeds successfully in their operations. Syngenta Crop Protection strives to educate producers about the importance of resistance management and equip them with the tools they need to fight resistance, including Resistance Fighterâ„¢ herbicide brands like Dual Magnum®, Envoke®, Flexstar® GT, Halex® GT, Gramoxone Inteon®, Lexar®, Lumax®, Prefix®, Reflex® and Sequence®.

The urgency of this issue continues to grow in places like Arkansas where Palmer pigweed infests 750,000 acres with more reported each day. When asked about the Resistance Fighter of the Year program, Ken Smith, University of Arkansas extension weed scientist, said, "I commend Syngenta for their efforts on this program and their efforts on resistance management as a whole. A program that recognizes educators in this way reinforces the importance of weed resistance management industry-wide."

Bryan Young, Southern Illinois University professor of weed science, applauded Syngenta for recognizing the influencer's role in successful weed management programs. "Syngenta Crop Protection should be commended as a pioneer for their significant effort in the implementation of glyphosate stewardship and herbicide-resistant weed management," he said. "Their proactive efforts to engage university scientists, professional organizations and the crop protection community as a whole have contributed to the identification of sound weed resistance management practices that help protect the value of glyphosate."

Resistance Fighter of the Year nominations are being accepted now through Monday, November 30, 2009, at http://www.resistancefighteroftheyear.com. Eligible nominees include retailers, consultants and extension agents who have successfully implemented resistance management practices with producers in their area.

For more information on the Resistance Fighter of the Year program and available awards visit http://www.resistancefighteroftheyear.com.

Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 24,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us please go to http://www.syngenta.com.

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Melissa Curtin
Gibbs & Soell, Inc. Public Relations
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Barbara Blackney
Syngenta Crop Protection
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