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ANN VENEMAN TO JOIN S&W SEED'S BOARD
Source: S&W Seed Company news release

S&W Seed Company (NASDAQ: SANW), announced today that Ann M. Veneman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Executive Director of UNICEF, has been nominated for election to its Board of Directors at the 2013 annual meeting of its stockholders in December.

The Company also announced that Mike Nordstrom, a founding director of S&W, will not stand for re-election at the 2013 annual meeting, but will instead join the board of S&W Australia as Chairman.

Secretary Veneman brings to the S&W Board more than 25 years of public service, where she held senior positions, nationally and internationally. From 2001 to 2005 Veneman served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture where she led an organization of over 110,000 employees, with an annual budget of $113 billion.

From 2005 to 2010 she was Executive Director of UNICEF, the agency of the United Nations that is tasked with advocating and protecting the rights of children worldwide. In that position she managed approximately 11,000 UNICEF employees in more than 150 countries.

A California native, Veneman was Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1995 to 1999.

From 1986 to 1993, Ms Veneman held various USDA positions, including Deputy Secretary, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs, and Associate Administer of the Foreign Agricultural Service. Veneman has also practiced law in Washington, DC and California in both the private and public sectors.

"When it comes to agriculture, few people have been appointed to more top public service leadership positions than Secretary Veneman," said Grover Wickersham, S&W's Chairman of the Board. "We look forward to welcoming her to our Board of Directors annual meeting in December."

If elected, Ms. Veneman will fill the Board seat to be vacated by Michael N. Nordstrom who will not stand for re-election to S&W's Board when his term expires at this year's annual meeting.

Mr. Nordstrom will continue to serve the S&W Board as a senior advisor and will be joining the board of directors of S&W's Australian subsidiary as Chairman. Mr. Nordstrom has served on S&W's Board since incorporation in October 2009.

"Mike Nordstrom's will continue to serve in various leadership roles and will chair the S&W Australia board. Mike has been a major contributor to S&W's success so far and we value his expertise, contacts in agriculture and common sense counsel.

In his new role, he will be instrumental in expanding our Australian operations, and maximizing the benefits of the integrated company," said Grover Wickersham.


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