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Date: May 5, 2004
Contact: Sam Barrick, Marketing Manager, Sonar Products, (317) 580-8127
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SePRO Corporation enters into Exclusive Development and Supply Agreement with Dow AgroSciences LLC for the Development of a New Aquatic Herbicide.
May 5, 2004 - Dow AgroSciences has announced today the signing of a worldwide development and supply agreement with SePRO Corporation of Carmel, Indiana, for the development of a new herbicide for use in non-crop aquatic environments. SePRO has code named this new developmental product SP-1019. The product use patterns would include selective invasive weed control in lakes, reservoirs, ponds, irrigation canals, rivers, marshes and wetlands.

The new herbicide is the aquatic industry's newest advancement in aquatic plant management and is showing the promise to be the next generation Sonar*. SP-1019 will be fully characterized for the public at the upcoming National Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) meeting in July. The Product is on an accelerated developmental timeline and is currently being tested under an Experimental Use Permit issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Research to-date shows the product SP-1019 to be a very promising product for the selective control of hydrilla and other submersed and emerged invasive aquatic plants. "We are very pleased with the progress being made in the development of such a promising compound," said Dr. Steve Cockreham, Vice President of Research and Development for SePRO Corporation. "SP-1019 is meeting most of the parameters, set by SePRO, as to the desired characteristics in an aquatic herbicide. As a leader in the U.S. Aquatics Plant Management Industry, one of SePRO's missions has been to continue to advance the Science of Aquatic Plant Management. The addition of SP-1019 to our industry's weed control tool box will definitely provide a positive contribution," stated Cockreham.

Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a global leader in providing pest management and biotechnology products that improve the quality and quantity of the earth's food supply and contribute to the safety, health and quality of life of the world's growing population. Dow AgroSciences has approximately 6,000 people in more than 50 countries dedicated to its business, and has worldwide sales of U.S. $3.0 billion. Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. For more information about Dow AgroSciences, visit

SePRO Corporation is recognized as an industry leader in providing the highest level of technical service to customers who operate in specialty niche markets worldwide. SePRO's key business segments include the U.S. Aquatics Industry, U.S. Horticulture/Greenhouse Markets, and Professional Turf Management. To learn more about SePRO Corporation, its products, services and technologies, call 1-800-419-7779 or visit the SePRO web site at
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