Habitat® Herbicide from BASF Receives Supplemental Label Approval for Terrestrial Use


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, April 7, 2009 - Habitat® herbicide from BASF Professional Vegetation Management (ProVM) received supplemental label approval for terrestrial use from the Environmental Protection Agency.

This label provides clearer directions for terrestrial use of Habitat, in addition to the continued uses in aquatic and riparian areas. It also details the various sites in which Habitat use is appropriate, and use directions for the product in various aquatic and terrestrial areas.

Habitat is now labeled for spot treatments in pasture and rangeland, industrial noncropland sites, fence rows, bareground areas and railroad, utility and highway right-of-ways. It is highly effective for hardwood control, as well as for control of invasive grasses like bermudagrass in right-of ways and around paved roads. Bermudagrass and bahiagrass treatment with Habitat results in a compacted growth habit and seed head suppression.

"Habitat provides effective control of many broadleaf and perennial grasses where bare ground is required," said Jeff Birk, BASF ProVM Regulatory Manager. "It can be applied both preemergence and postemergence throughout the season based on the needs of the overall vegetation management program schedule."

Habitat can also be used for crack and crevice treatments, or for weed escapes or weed encroachment in paved surfaces. Habitat can also be an important tool in the creation and maintenance of wildlife openings, providing long-lasting control of many tough-to-eradicate invasive species. Habitat may be selectively applied by using low-volume directed application techniques or may be broadcast applied by using ground and aerial equipment. Habitat may also be applied using cut stump, cut stem, and frill and girdle treatment techniques within aquatic, noncropland and pasture and rangeland settings.

"While Habitat could always be used in terrestrial areas, the language in the supplemental label clarifies the appropriate circumstances and methodology for that use," said Philip Donahoo, ProVM Product Manager. "Applicators can now work with confidence across a variety of landscape and waterfronts with just one product in the tank, which makes use of this effective herbicide even more efficient."

For more information on Habitat, please visit www.vmanswers.com or contact your local sales representative at 1-800-545-9525.

About the Crop Protection Division

With sales of 3,137 million in 2007, BASF's Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry.

BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF's Crop Protection division is to be the world's leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com.

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of approximately $17.5 billion in 2008. For more information about BASF's North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit www.basf.com/usa.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals, as well as oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has approximately 97,000 employees and posted sales of more than 62 billion in 2008. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

For more information contact:

Kim Dorman
BASF Corporation
Tel: (919) 547-2696
E-mail: kim.dorman@basf.com

Amy Fisher
Padilla Speer Beardsley
Tel: (612) 455-1773
E-mail: afisher@psbpr.com

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