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S&W Seed Company Sponsors New Continuing Education Course for Alfalfa Pest Management

July 10, 2012

FIVE POINTS, Calif., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW), a leader in the development of non-dormant alfalfa seed varieties, today announced it is sponsoring a continuing education course (CEU) in association with Western Farm Press titled “Alfalfa Pest Management/Selecting the Right Variety.” The course is the first of its kind devoted exclusively to alfalfa production in the Western U.S. and focuses on choosing the correct variety based on a number of factors, including pest and disease resistance. The course can be accessed at www.pentonag.com/swalfalfa, or by going to www.pentonag.com, where it is listed with the 27 other courses in the Farm Press/Penton Media program.

Alfalfa is unique in that varieties can be bred to naturally ward off pests and diseases, a key element in an Integrated Pest Management (“IPM”) program. The course discusses many elements involved in selecting the right variety, as well as managing key pests and disease through IPM. The online CEU is approved for one hour of continuing education credit by California Department of Pesticide Regulation, California Certified Crop Adviser, Arizona Department of Agriculture, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Texas Department of Agriculture.

Mark Grewal, chief executive officer of S&W Seed Company commented, “Western Farm Press’ online continuing education portal is a convenient way for pest control advisers to earn the credits that are required to maintain their permits and licenses. This new course, focusing on alfalfa selection, provides S&W a great opportunity to be in front of a very important constituent in the selection of which alfalfa seed varieties are recommended for use on a particular farm, the pest control advisers. I look forward to a long and successful relationship with Western Farm Press, and look forward to the opportunity of further expanding the S&W brand throughout the western United States.”

More than 20 states currently accredit Penton CEU courses. As with all the courses, the new alfalfa management CEU features a least 20 comprehensive questions at the conclusion of the course. A score of 70 is required to earn credit. Western Farm Press reports completions to the appropriate state agency. The alfalfa course is the 27(th) developed by Farm Press and Penton Media. More than 8,500 licensed professionals and farmers have registered on the Penton CEU online portal, and more than 50,000 courses have been approved for credit hours since the online CEU platform was developed eight years ago.

For more information and links to the continuing education course, you can go to www.pentonag.com/swalfalfa, www.pentonag.com, www.westernfarmpress.com, or www.southwestfarmpress.com.

About S&W Seed Company

Founded in 1980 and headquartered in the Central Valley of California, S&W Seed Company is a leading producer of warm climate, high yield alfalfa seed varieties, including varieties that can thrive in poor, saline soils, as verified over decades of university-sponsored trials. S&W Seed also offers seed cleaning and processing at its 40-acre facility in Five Points, California and, in 2011, began the commercial launch of its California-based stevia business in response to the growing global demand for the all-natural, zero calorie sweetener from the food and beverage industry. For more information, please visit www.swseedco.com.

About Mark Grewal

Since 2010, Mark Grewal has served as president and chief executive officer of S&W Seed Company. Previously, for 26 years, Mark served as VP of Ranching and on the Board of Directors for J.G. Boswell Co, one of the world’s largest farming operations. Additionally, he was the former president and Chief executive officer of Triangle T Partners, LLC and principal of Grewal Consulting, LLC, where he addressed water, land, drainage and fertilizing, herbicide and insecticide management issues; a licensed pest control adviser and operator, he is currently Chairman of the Plant Science Advisory Council of California State University and a member of the Leadership Committee at CSU Fresno.

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