UAP Holding Corp. Names New Independent Director

GREELEY, Colo., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- UAP Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:UAPH), the largest independent distributor of agricultural and non-crop inputs in the United States and Canada, today announced that Michael E. Ducey has been elected to the company's board as an independent director effective September 15, 2006, filling the seat vacated by the resignation of Robert Katz.


Mr. Ducey is the retired President, CEO and Director of Compass Minerals International, Inc. (Compass). Compass is the second-leading salt producer in North America and the largest in the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining Compass in April 2002, Mr. Ducey was President and CEO of Borden Chemical, a billion-dollar diversified chemical company. In the 30 years he was with Borden Chemical, Mr. Ducey also held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Director of Sales and Marketing for North American Forest Products and Director of Planning and Commercial Development. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio, where he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.

Chairman and CEO Kenny Cordell, said, "Michael Ducey joins the UAP board with extensive management experience and a thorough understanding of the chemical industry. We are pleased he has joined the board and look forward to his contributions."

About UAP Holding Corp.:

UAP Holding Corp. is the holding company of United Agri Products, Inc., the largest independent distributor of agricultural and non-crop inputs in the United States and Canada. United Agri Products, Inc. markets a comprehensive line of products, including crop protection chemicals, seeds and fertilizers, to growers and regional dealers. United Agri Products also provides a broad array of value-added services, including crop management, biotechnology advisory services, custom blending, inventory management and custom applications of crop inputs. United Agri Products maintains a comprehensive network of approximately 340 distribution and storage facilities and three formulation and blending plants, strategically located throughout the United States and Canada. Additional information can be found on the company's website, located at

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Source: UAP Holding Corp.

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