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December 1, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

American Vanguard Announces the Appointment of Dr. Johann Venter as Director of Technology and Vice President of AMVAC Chemical

Newport Beach, CA – December 1, 2010 – American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD) today announced the appointment of Dr. Johann Venter as Director of Technology and Vice President of AMVAC Chemical.  Dr. Venter joins AMVAC from Champion Technologies where he was Director of Research and Development.  Dr. Venter received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Port Elizabeth, Republic of South Africa.  He is a native of South Africa and worked previously for the Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa.

Eric Wintemute, President & CEO of American Vanguard, stated,  “Johann is an exciting new addition to the AMVAC team and will build on the many advancements implemented by outgoing Interim Director of Technology, Dr. John Killmer, who will continue to serve on the board of American Vanguard.”

Mr. Wintemute added, “Dr. Venter is the recipient of numerous fellowships, scholarships and honors and has displayed exceptional leadership, communication and organization skills that make him uniquely qualified to be Director of Technology for AMVAC.  Dr. Venter has extensive experience and expertise in industrial chemistry including process and product development, as well as pilot plant design, operation and scale-up.”

About American Vanguard
American Vanguard Corporation is a diversified specialty and agricultural products company that develops and markets products for crop protection and management, turf and ornamentals management and public and animal health.  American Vanguard is included on the Russell 2000® & Russell 3000® Indexes and the Standard & Poors 600 Index. To learn more about American Vanguard, please reference the Company’s web site at www.american-vanguard.com.

CONTACT:
American Vanguard Corporation
William A. Kuser, Director of Investor Relations
(949) 260-1200 
williamk@amvac-chemical.com <mailto:williamk@amvac-chemical.com>

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