Viterra Inc.

Viterra Inc.

August 21, 2009 10:44 ET

Viterra Employee Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Training and Safety

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2009) - Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT) is pleased to announce that Mark Coppicus, Viterra's Director NH3 Operations and Regulatory Affairs, received an Award of Merit from the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI). Mr. Coppicus is an active and valued contributor to CFI's safety and security programs under the Fertilizer Safety and Security Council, and the Safety and Training Committee.

"Throughout his career, Mark has made Viterra a leader in safety and training in the NH3 industry," said Doug Wonnacott, Senior Vice-President of Agri-products at Viterra. "Mark has been and continues to be instrumental in the development of NH3 safety training materials for farmers, carriers, handlers, and emergency response circumstances."

Earlier this year, CFI initiated an audit based on strict safety and security criteria to evaluate sites that handle and distribute anhydrous ammonia (NH3). All entities handling NH3 must comply with these criteria by December 31, 2010. To date, Viterra is leading the industry with 20 Viterra retail locations complete and pass the CFI National Code of Practice Audit.

"Mark was a key contributor in drafting the Ammonia Code of Practice and led the training of auditors on the Code," said Mr. Wonnacott. "Viterra has a long-term commitment to NH3 and Mark was diligent to ensure a Viterra retail location was the first to complete a formal audit under the Code."

Mark was honoured recently at the Canadian Fertilizer Institute's Annual Conference in Whister, BC.

"This recognition belongs to all those who are dedicated to the safe handling of NH3 at Viterra," said Mark. "The most important phase of these training and safety programs is putting them into our everyday work practices. The award signifies many people's hard work, and we can all be proud of this accomplishment."

Viterra Inc. is Canada's leading agribusiness, with extensive operations and distribution capabilities across Western Canada, and with operations in the United States, Japan, Singapore and Geneva. The Company is diversified into sales and services of crop inputs and equipment, grain handling and marketing, livestock feed, agri-food processing and financial products. These operations are complemented by value-added businesses and strategic alliances, which allow Viterra to leverage its pivotal position between Prairie farmers and destination customers. The Company's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VT.

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    Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs
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