Press Release •  2021-03-23

Corteva Agriscience Announces New Global Brand for Naturally Derived Spinosyn Insecticides

Something went wrong. Please try again later...

Qalcova™ active and Jemvelva™ active headline Corteva’s growing portfolio of sustainable innovations

WILMINGTON, Del., March 23, 2021 — Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) announced today that it is implementing the new global brand names of Qalcova™ active (pronounced “kal-KO-vuh”) for spinosad, and Jemvelva™ active (pronounced “jem-VEL-vuh”) for spinetoram, demonstrating Corteva’s commitment to building best-in-class, sustainable solutions for farmers. Together, these two naturally-derived active ingredients — both Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners — provide farmers worldwide with effective insect control options for more than 250 crops, including fruits, vegetables, soybeans, corn, rice and others.

“With unique and consistent global brands, farmers can be confident that products labeled with Qalcova active or Jemvelva active demonstrate the benefits of Corteva Agriscience’s exceptional research, development and testing,” said Santosh Mangalam, Global Portfolio Leader, Corteva Agriscience. “They’ll also be able to better recognize the high-quality active ingredients from Corteva in a growing insecticide market.”

Produced through a proprietary natural fermentation process, Qalcova, the active ingredient in products including Entrust® organic insecticide and Success® insecticide, and Jemvelva, the active ingredient in Radiant® and Delegate® insecticides and other brands, belong to a class of insecticidal chemistry (Group 5) that does not show cross-resistance to other classes of chemistry. This makes the products in this portfolio a good fit for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs and Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) programs.

Both Qalcova and Jemvelva have been awarded the U.S. EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award, which recognizes novel chemistry solutions that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture and use. They reflect Corteva’s commitment sustainable innovation and support the company’s 2030 Sustainability Goals.

The new names specifically recall this connection to nature. Qalcova was inspired by “alcove,” reflecting the product’s proven ability to provide natural protection. Jemvelva incorporates “gem” and “velvet,” suggesting a naturally derived, hidden treasure that’s soft and gentle on the environment.

Local commercial teams are coordinating plans to integrate this brand into Corteva marketing and packaging materials in the coming year.

About Corteva
Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry—including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the Company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva became an independent public company on June 1, 2019 and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at

Follow Corteva Agriscience on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Cautionary Statement About Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and may be identified by their use of words like "guidance," "plans," "expects," "will," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "projects," "estimates," "outlook," or other words of similar meaning. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about Corteva's sales growth, product development, regulatory approvals, and capacity expansion, are forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and expectations of future events which may not be accurate or realized. Forward-looking statements also involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Corteva's control. While the list of factors presented below is considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements. Consequences of material differences in results as compared with those anticipated in the forward-looking statements could include, among other things, business disruption, operational problems, financial loss, legal liability to third parties and similar risks, any of which could have a material adverse effect on Corteva's business, results of operations and financial condition. Some of the important factors that could cause Corteva's actual results to differ materially from those projected in any such forward-looking statements include: (i) failure to obtain or maintain the necessary regulatory approvals for some of Corteva’s products; (ii) failure to successfully develop and commercialize Corteva’s pipeline; (iii) effect of the degree of public understanding and acceptance or perceived public acceptance of Corteva’s biotechnology and other agricultural products; (iv) effect of changes in agricultural and related policies of governments and international organizations; (v) effect of competition and consolidation in Corteva’s industry; (vi) effect of competition from manufacturers of generic products; (vii) costs of complying with evolving regulatory requirements and the effect of actual or alleged violations of environmental laws or permit requirements; (viii) effect of climate change and unpredictable seasonal and weather factors; (ix) risks related to oil and commodity markets; (x) competitor’s establishment of an intermediary platform for distribution of Corteva's products; (xi) impact of Corteva's dependence on third parties with respect to certain of its raw materials or licenses and commercialization; (xii) effect of industrial espionage and other disruptions to Corteva’s supply chain, information technology or network systems; (xiii) effect of volatility in Corteva’s input costs; (xiv) failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the internal reorganizations taken by DowDuPont in connection with the spin-off of Corteva and other cost savings initiatives; (xv) failure to raise capital through the capital markets or short-term borrowings on terms acceptable to Corteva; (xvi) failure of Corteva’s customers to pay their debts to Corteva, including customer financing programs; (xvii) increases in pension and other post-employment benefit plan funding obligations; (xviii) risks related to the indemnification obligations of legacy E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company liabilities in connection with the separation of Corteva; (xix) effect of compliance with laws and requirements and adverse judgments on litigation; (xx) risks related to Corteva’s global operations; (xxi) failure to effectively manage acquisitions, divestitures, alliances and other portfolio actions; (xxii) risks related to COVID-19; (xxiii) risks related to activist stockholders; (xxiv) failure to enforce Corteva’s intellectual property rights or defend against intellectual property claims asserted by others; (xxv) effect of counterfeit products; (xxvi) Corteva’s dependence on intellectual property cross-license agreements; and (xxvii) other risks related to the separation from DowDuPont. Additionally, there may be other risks and uncertainties that Corteva is unable to currently identify or that Corteva does not currently expect to have a material impact on its business. Where, in any forward-looking statement an expectation or belief as to future results or events is expressed, such expectation or belief is based on the current plans and expectations of Corteva's management and expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the expectation or belief will result or be achieved or accomplished. Corteva disclaims and does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except as required by applicable law. A detailed discussion of some of the significant risks and uncertainties which may cause results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements or other estimates is included in the "Risk Factors" section of Corteva's Annual Report on Form 10-K.

#   #   #


™ ® ℠ Trademarks and service marks of Corteva Agriscience and its affiliated companies.


Kacey Birchmier
Corteva Agriscience