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DU & CropLife America Partnership Results in Herbicide to Establish Native Prairie Habitat

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Fort Wayne, IN —July 5, 2006 — Monsanto Company, a CropLife America member company, recently donated more than $12,000 of Roundup® Pro herbicide to Ducks Unlimited (DU) for establishing native warm season grasses on private lands in northeast Indiana. CropLife America and Ducks Unlimited are partnering on a national level in a novel Wildlife Conservation-Technology Initiative. The goal of this five-year initiative is to expand the use of plant science technology in the restoration and management of habitat for the benefit of North American waterfowl and other wildlife. By contributing herbicides, fungicides and technical assistance, the member companies of CropLife America are working with Ducks Unlimited to manage invasive weeds and enhance natural habitat in key waterfowl landscapes across the U. S.

For over six years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Pheasants Forever and DU have worked collaboratively under the Northeastern Indiana Wetland/Grassland Restoration Program to restore wetlands and associated native grasslands in an eight county region of northeastern Indiana, including Allen, Dekalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and Whitley Counties. “The initiative targets a region of the state that was historically dotted with numerous small wetlands and vast expanses of grassland. This donated herbicide will allow us to prepare hundreds of acres of uplands for planting to a mixture of native warm season grasses and wildflowers, which will restore important nesting and wintering habitat for many kinds of wildlife, including waterfowl, pheasants, quail and grassland songbirds,” states Jason Hill, Ducks Unlimited regional biologist. The donated Roundup® Pro herbicide is graciously being stored by North Central Cooperative, Inc. in Burket, Indiana where it will be distributed to landowners participating in the program.

Established in 1933, CropLife America represents the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States.

With more than one million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. Since its founding in 1937, DU has raised more than $1.5 billion and conserved nearly 11 million acres critical wildlife habitat across North America. Wetlands are nature’s most productive ecosystems, but the United States has lost more than half of its original wetlands and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres every year.

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