BASF Q4 crop protection sales up 25%

Higher sales volumes helped BASF record a 24.6% rise in crop protection revenues to €1,109 million ($1,254 million at the current rate) during the fourth quarter of 2014. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) jumped 63% to €176 ...

Bayer agchem sales up 12% in Q4

Bayer CropScience's crop protection sales rose by 12% to €1,821 million ($2,058 million at the current rate) in the fourth quarter of 2014. The sales rise was 7.8% on a like-for-like basis. Fungicides led growt...

UK parliamentary committee blasts EU GMO approval process

EU regulations that prevent genetically modified crops from being grown in the UK even after they have passed rigorous safety testing procedures are not fit for purpose, says a report from the UK Parliament's S...

EFSA mulls review of science on agchem/bee links

An external report commissioned by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has identified 361 scientific papers that could aid the Authority in developing risk assessments for the impact of three neonicotinoi...

Platform completes Arysta purchase

The US agrochemical and specialty chemical company, Platform Specialty Products (Miami, Florida), has completed the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience. Last year, Platform agreed to purchase Arysta for some $3,5...

Canada to OK Syngenta's Acuron

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has proposed the approval of Syngenta's residual maize herbicide, SYNA16003 (bicyclopyrone 200 g/litre) and the combination product, Acuron (bicyclopyrone 7...

Another EU stalemate on a GM crop approval

EU member states have failed to reach a majority vote for or against proposals to approve products based on Monsanto’s genetically modified stearidonic acid-improved MON87769 soybeans. Member-state representati...

Evogene debuts complementary herbicide discovery tool

The Israeli biotechnology company, Evogene (Rehovot), has introduced its “biology-driven” agrochemical discovery platform, PointHit. Initial applicati...

MEPs take dim view of TTIP prospects

Many members of the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee feel that the current trade negotiations between the EU and the US will eventually le...

Cheminova Q4 down 11%

Cheminova’s sales declined by 10.7% to DKK 1,342 million ($203.4 million at the current rate) in the fourth quarter of 2014. Challenging market condit...

Arcadia prepares for US IPO

The US plant biotechnology company, Arcadia BioSciences (Davis, California), has filed a registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Co...

Democrats revive US GM food labelling bill

US Democratic lawmakers on Thursday reintroduced a bill that directs the FDA to require labelling of foods derived from genetically modified crops. Th...

Dow realigns business in Europe

Dow AgroSciences is restructuring its Europe, Africa and Middle East (EMEA) region as it prepares to launch six new active ingredients in the region o...

MEPs view widening agchem gap in US/EU trade talks

The diverging approaches to risk analysis of pesticides in the EU and the US may be “difficult to bridge” during the current trade negotiations, says ...

China's agchem profits fall for first time in six years

China’s agrochemical industry saw profitability fall for the first time in six years during 2014, dropping 1.2% on the previous year to Yuan 22,592 mi...

66th Simpas

The 66th Simpas meeting on integrated management systems for sustainable agricultural production will be held at the south-east Minas Gerais federal institute in Barbacen...

BPIA Registration Workshop

The US Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA) and the TSGE Forum will hold the 2015 BPIA Registration Workshop on September 15th-16th 2015 (prior to the BPIA semi-annual m...

Supply Chain/Procurement Manager

Key new role in a fast growing post-patent crop protection business.Based Lausanne, Switzerland with international travel.Highly attractive salary, bonus and benefits.Sin...

Syngenta's Duracade maize acceptance grows in US

The number of locations accepting Syngenta's genetically modified insect-resistant Agrisure Duracade (5222) maize in the US has more than doubled over the past ...

Growth slows for Chinese agchem manufacturing in 2014

China produced some 3.7 million tonnes of agrochemicals in 2014, a 1.4% increase on the total for the previous year, according to the National Bureau of Statist...

Australia OKs Bayer's GM cotton tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) concludes that an application from Bayer CropScience to field test genetically modified insect-res...

Mexico approves Stockton’s Timorex Gold

Mexico has granted Israeli biopesticide company Stockton approval for its Melaleuca alternifolia extract-based biofungicide, Timorex Gold. The product is author...

US beekeepers remain worried about neonicotinoids

US commercial beekeepers continue to suffer unsustainable losses and many remain convinced that neonicotinoid insecticides are playing a key role in the decline...

Europe review 2014: Politics not science dominate EU regulations

Regulatory news in the EU during 2014 was dominated by attempts to arrive at a compromise deal that would allow member states to impose national bans on the cul...

SDS Biotech sales up 21% in 2014

SDS Biotech, the agrochemical subsidiary of Japanese company Idemitsu Kosan, recorded a 20.8% increase in sales to ¥15,740 million ($133 million at the current ...

Brazil/UK researchers to test maize biocontrols

The UK-based research centre, Rothamsted Research (Harpenden, Hertfordshire), and the Brazilian agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, are starting a p...

Agrow Generics Supplement 2014

Agrow’s annual supplement providing an insight into the generic agrochemical industry and manufacturers. 

Chromatin

The US agricultural biotechnology company, Chromatin (Chicago, Illinois), has appointed Charles Miller as vice-president of business development and internation...

III Encontro sobre o Registro de Agrotóxicos para CSFI

The third Brazilian meeting on pesticide registrations for use on minor crops, III Encontro sobre o Registro de Agrotóxicos para CSFI, is to be held on January ...