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Yongye Biotechnology Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

BEIJING, April 1 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Yongye Biotechnology International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: YGYB) ("Yongye" or the "Company"), a leading distributor of nutrients for plants and animals, located in the People's Republic of China, today announced that it named Mr. Sam Yu to be the Company's new chief financial officer effective March 25, 2009. Mr. Yu replaces Larry Gilmore, who served as the Company's principal financial officer. Mr. Gilmore will continue working at Yongye as the vice president of corporate strategy and will remain the Company's primary investor relations contact.

Mr. Yu will be responsible for the Company's financial planning, control and reporting activities. Prior to joining Yongye, he provided consulting services to assist Chinese companies in listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Lionax International Investment Holding Ltd, where he was responsible for developing the company's business strategy and oversaw manufacturing, finance and other key operations. He also assisted the company with its listing on the Euronext Stock Exchange. Earlier in his career, Mr. Yu served as General Manager and Manager of Financial Analysis at Underwriters Laboratories in its Asia Pacific business division and Chicago global headquarters. Mr. Yu holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor of economics degree in international accounting from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. He is fluent in both Mandarin and English.

"I am excited to join a dynamic and growing company such as Yongye," commented Mr. Yu. "I look forward to applying my experience in accounting, finance, and the capital markets to my new position as CFO, and working with an already impressive management team."

"Mr. Yu's knowledge of accounting, finance and the capital markets will enhance our finance and accounting functions and make him a valuable addition to our team," commented Mr. Zishen Wu, Chief Executive Officer of Yongye. "In addition, his corporate strategy expertise provides even more depth to our management team, and will play a vital role as we continue implementing our growth strategy."

About Yongye Biotechnology International, Inc.

Yongye Biotechnology International, Inc., headquartered in Beijing, is engaged in the distribution and sales of fulvic acid based nutrients for plants and animals. The Company's patent pending processes and proprietary formulas allow it to create products that increase crop yields and improve the health of livestock. Its sole operating subsidiary, Yongye Nongfeng Biotechnology Company, Ltd., is located in Inner Mongolia, People's Republic of China. The Company sells its products through distributors and directly to farmers located in ten provinces throughout China.

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    For more information, please contact:

    Yongye Biotechnology International, Inc.
     Mr. Larry Gilmore-VP of Corporate Strategy
     Tel:   +86-10-8232-8866 x8880

    CCG Investor Relations, Inc.
     Mr. Crocker Coulson, President
     Tel:   +1-646-213-1915 (New York)

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