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Monsanto to Deploy New Mobile Analytic Labs to Support Vistive˙ Low-Linolenic Soybean Growers and Processors

ST. LOUIS, Mo., Sept. 19, 2007 - Monsanto will deploy two first-of-their kind Crop Analytics Mobile Labs (CAML's) this harvest season to measure the linolenic acid content of Vistive˙ soybeans delivered to processing facilities.

Vistive low-linolenic soybeans typically contain up to 3 percent linolenic acid as an oil component, compared with 8 percent for conventional soybeans. This low-linolenic alternative enables food processors to use Vistive oil to reduce the need for hydrogenation, which creates trans fats in processed soybean oil.

Conventional testing of soybean oil composition typically involves the use of a near infrared grain analyzer. Though near infrared analysis is very effective for this purpose, some delivered grain samples require additional confirmation from a primary gold standard method, such as Gas Chromatography (GC). A traditional GC method typically takes two to eight hours to analyze a sample.

The new mobile labs, 28 feet long and staffed by one or two GC experts each, will utilize new Fast Gas Chromatography technology developed by Monsanto (patent pending). The Fast GC technology provides a very accurate result in about 10 minutes, according to Joel Ream, Commercial Analytics Lead ˆ Crop Analytics Monsanto.

"The conventional GC testing is too slow for grain delivery and not portable, so placing the fast GC technology aboard our new mobile labs provides a solution to both issues," he explained.

Ream said the new CAML's will serve as a supplementary tool where processors need additional analytical support. "This new technology will help processors determine that the Vistive low-lin beans they receive meet the criteria for low-linolenic acid content while also ensuring that Vistive growers receive the premium to which they are entitled," said Ream.

For 2007, Vistive growers will earn an average premium of 55 cents to 65 cents per bushel.

The mobile labs will be stationed throughout the harvest season at select crushing plants participating in the 2007 Vistive program and will also help support the network of surrounding grain elevators.

Vistive low-lin soybeans were grown this season on about 1.5 million acres throughout Iowa and in parts of Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Delaware and Maryland. Participating processors in 2007 include Cargill, AGP, Bunge, CHS, Inc., Mercer Landmark, Owensboro Grain Co., Perdue Incorporated and Zeeland Farms.

More than 100 food companies, including KFC and Kellogg's, are using Vistive oil to reduce or eliminate trans fats in their products. Photo caption Monsanto analytical biochemist Luis Jurado prepares a Vistive oil sample for analysis using new Fast GC (gas chromatography) technology which he invented. The technology will be offered aboard two new Monsanto Crop Analytics Mobile Labs (CAML's) this harvest season to provide farmers and processors with accurate and timely analysis of linolenic acid content of Vistive soybeans.

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