Viterra Inc.

Viterra Inc.
Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

March 23, 2009 14:06 ET

Viterra Illustrates Commitment to Environment Through Winter Wheat Partnership

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - March 23, 2009) - Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT) is pleased to announce a partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada and Bayer CropScience in their Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action initiative. The project aims to establish 100,000 new acres of the crop across Western Canada in 2009.

As the premier delivery partner, Viterra will play a pivotal role in providing product and program incentives to help producers realize the benefits of growing winter wheat as part of a sustainable cropping plan.

Viterra's participation marks its latest contribution to the development of winter wheat as a cropping option. The Company began working with Ducks Unlimited Canada in 2005 and works closely with producers, assisting them with agronomic advice and offering improved winter wheat varieties, crop protection products, crop nutrients and flexible marketing options.

"Over the last three years, we have seen a significant increase of approximately 350,000 acres of winter wheat across the Prairies, illustrating the success of our partnership," said Mayo Schmidt, President and CEO of Viterra. "To date we have donated over $1 million dollars in-kind for this important conservation program, supporting the sustainability of agriculture and making a lasting contribution to the environment."

"The Viterra partnership through the Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action program is good for waterfowl, good for agri-business, and good for profitable and sustainable agriculture production for farmers," said Jeff Nelson, Executive Vice-President of Ducks Unlimited Canada. "Our partnership is a great example of agriculture and conservation interests working together and proof positive that what's good for the land, can be good for business, too."

Winter wheat protects wildlife habitats by encouraging the development of nesting for waterfowl. Research conducted by Ducks Unlimited has shown that waterfowl that nest in winter wheat are 24 times more productive than those nesting in spring seeded cereals. Winter wheat also provides several benefits for producers, including the potential for higher yields, a more manageable harvest workload and flexible marketing opportunities.

Viterra Inc. is Canada's leading agribusiness, with extensive operations and distribution capabilities across Western Canada, and with operations in the United States, Japan and Singapore. 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.

Contact Information

  • Viterra Inc.
    Peter Flengeris
    Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs
    (306) 569-4810
    Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Leigh Patterson
    Corporate Media Relations Specialist
    (204) 467-3306