S&W Enters North American Distribution Agreement with Wilbur Ellis


For Immediate Release

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Robert Blum, Joe Dorame, Joe Diaz
Lytham Partners, LLC
602-889-9700
sanw@lythampartners.com
www.lythampartners.com

Matthew Szot
Chief Financial Officer
S&W Seed Company
559-884-2535
www.swseedco.com

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HANFORD, California – May 30, 2017

S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW), a leader in the alfalfa seed industry, today announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with Wilbur Ellis, a leading marketer and distributor of agricultural products, animal feed and specialty chemicals and ingredients. Under the Agreement, Wilbur Ellis will distribute S&W’s alfalfa seed varieties through its retail sales channels throughout North America, providing Wilbur Ellis’ customers with access to S&W’s full portfolio of premium alfalfa seed genetics, including the industry’s highest salt tolerant varieties with the Roundup Ready® technology.

It is anticipated that Wilbur Ellis will look to expand S&W’s varieties through its more than 160 branch locations, primarily in the western and central United States. With a dedicated team of seed salespeople to drive adoption, Wilbur Ellis’ customers will have access to S&W’s dormant and non-dormant alfalfa seed traits, including the industry’s highest salt tolerance, high yield, leading drought resistance, improved disease resistance for most pests including Anthracnose, Phytopthora root rot, Aphanomyces, Verticillium wilt, stem nematode, aphids, tolerance to lodging, as well as Roundup Ready® products as they become available.

In addition to Wilbur Ellis’ distribution of branded S&W varieties, S&W has agreed to provide seed for Wilbur Ellis’ private labeled ‘Integra’ brand of alfalfa seed.

Mark Grewal, chief executive officer of S&W Seed Company commented, “Wilbur Ellis and S&W have rich histories in the alfalfa seed industry.  Wilbur Ellis maintains a full network of field specialists that enable them to gain clear understandings of the agronomic needs of their customers, recognize and respond quickly to opportunities and develop strong one-to-one relationships. We look forward to leveraging this strong distribution network to drive further adoption in the United States of S&W’s premium alfalfa seed traits and varieties. We look forward to a mutually rewarding long-term relationship with Wilbur Ellis and their customers.”

About S&W Seed Company
Founded in 1980, S&W Seed Company is a global agricultural Company, headquartered in the San Joaquin Valley of California. The Company’s vision is to be the world’s preferred proprietary seed Company which supplies a range of forage and specialty crop products that supports the growing global demand for animal proteins and healthier consumer diets. The Company is a global leader in alfalfa seed, with significant research and development, production and distribution capabilities. S&W’s capabilities span the world’s alfalfa seed production regions, with operations in the Western United States, including the San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys of California, Australia, and Canada, and S&W sells its seed products in more than 30 countries around the globe.  The Company also provides hybrid sorghum and sunflower, and is utilizing its research and breeding expertise to develop and produce stevia, the all-natural, zero calorie sweetener for the food and beverage industry. For more information, please visit www.swseedco.com.

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