Monsanto would be prepared to divest all of Syngenta's seed and trait business and certain overlapping agrochemical assets to secure competition authority approval of its proposed acquisition of the multinational. Monsanto's position was outlined by the compan...

White House considering US pesticide limits to help bees

A White House task force has acknowledged that new US pesticide restrictions may be needed to reverse recent declines of bees, butterflies and other pollinators, but stopped short of requiring any immediate cha...

EU to halt intro of new data requirements for AIR-2 agchems

The European Commission is to remove the introduction of new, more stringent, data requirements for the renewal of certain agrochemical product approvals. The change applies to products based on active ingredie...

FMC sees above-market agchem growth ahead

FMC forecasts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for its agrochemical business of 7-11% between 2016 and 2020. That would be ahead of the mid-single-digit percentage forecast for the global agrochemical marke...

EU warns that renationalisation will not extend beyond GMOs

The European Commission has stressed that recent moves to allow EU member states to take national decisions on the use of genetically modified crops must not be extended to other product sectors. In a recent me...

Syngenta rejects acquisition bid by Monsanto - update

Syngenta’s board of directors has rejected an “unsolicited” acquisition proposal from Monsanto. Monsanto made the bid to acquire the Swiss company at a price of CHF 449 ($489.8) per Syngenta share with approxim...

Illegal agchem trade uses EU parallel import loopholes

There is “considerable” evidence that the EU parallel trade system for agrochemicals is being misused to move illegal products around the EU and to bring them to market, concludes a study commissioned by the Eu...

Mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2015

A listing of the mergers, acquisitions and deals during 2015, with links to the original articles

ISO names seven more new ais

The ISO Technical Committee on Common Names for Pesticides has provisionally approved seven new active ingredient names. Three come from Japanese comp...

US judge dismisses enviro challenge to Cyazypyr approval

A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to the US EPA’s registration of  DuPont's insecticide, cyantraniliprole (trade-marked as Cyazypyr), ruling t...

EU to shake-up scientific advice system

The European Commission is to embark on a shake-up of its system of obtaining scientific advice on policies and proposals. A new “scientific advice me...

Adama Q1 agchem sales down 5%

ChemChina subsidiary Adama Agricultural Solutions posted a 4.5% fall in agrochemical sales to $820.4 million in the first quarter of 2015.Revenues cov...

China’s top 100 sales up 9%

China's top 100 agrochemical companies saw their sales increase by 9% to Yuan 106,334 million ($17,135 million at the current rate) in 2014, reports t...

UPL agchem sales up 12% in 2014/15

Indian agrochemical company UPL recorded an agrochemical sales rise of 12.4% to Rs 112,100 million ($1,748 million at the current rate) in its financi...

US lawmakers pull up USDA and EPA on pollinators

Congressional Republicans have scolded officials from the US EPA and USDA for not working together on the issue of pollinator health and suggested tha...

8th Brazil Agrochemshow

The 8th Brazil Agrochemshow trade fair will take place on August 11th-12th 2015 at the Hotel Caesar Park, Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is marketed as the country’s major interna...

Encapsulation by design

The US-based non-profit research organisation, Battelle (Columbus, Ohio), is to host a webinar, "Encapsulation by design", on May 5th 2015. It features Battelle's new enc...

Business Unit Leader

We have been an independent service provider for the agrochemical, industrial chemical and pharmaceutical industry since 1996, and now have over 450 employees at sites in...

SDS sales up 15% in Q1

SDS Biotech, the agrochemical subsidiary of Japanese company Idemitsu Kosan, recorded a 15.1% increase in agrochemical sales to ¥4,229 million ($35.4 million) i...

China unveils pesticide brand sales rankings

Zhejiang Wynca Chemical’s 30% glyphosate aqueous solution, branded as “Nongxingwang” topped China’s herbicide sales ranking for 2014, according to China’s Crop ...

Argentina to set single payment system for GMOs

Argentina's Ministry of Agriculture is to issue a decree establishing a single payment rule for the use of genetically modified crops. It will stop systems of r...

Canada OKs Valent's XenTari

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has granted full approval to Sumitomo Chemical subsidiary Valent BioSciences' established bioinsecticide, ...

EFSA mulls epidemiological data in agchem assessments

The use of epidemiological studies in the risk assessment of agrochemicals is a “major challenge”, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Despite the l...

Industry and regulators muddle through EU Regulation 1107/2009

Jeroen Meeussen from the European Commission gave a detailed update on the implementation of EU agrochemical Regulation 1107/2009 at the Informa Registration of...

Nissan agchem sales up 17%

Nissan Chemical recorded a 16.7% increase in agrochemical sales to ¥45,682 million ($382.4 million at the current rate) in its fiscal year ended March 31st 2015...

Herbicide mix beats rotation as anti-resistance tool

US researchers have shown that using glyphosate in a mixture of herbicides with different modes of action (MoA) is more effective in tackling weed resistance th...

Agrow Generics Supplement 2014

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

BVL

The German federal office of consumer protection and food safety, the BVL, has appointed Dr Martin Streloke as head of the department of plant protection produc...

VIII Foro Internacional: food for the world

The 8th CropLife Latin America hosted forum, VIII Foro Internacional: food for the world, takes place in Santiago, Chile on April 14th 2015. The event is co-hos...