Top six ahead for fourth year running

All six of the world's leading agrochemical multinationals posted sales gains in 2014, the fourth consecutive year in which that has occurred. However, in every case where sales were disclosed the growth was more muted than the strong gains seen in 2013. Synge...

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, deprecia...

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...

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

EU GMO cultivation rules pass final vote

EU Ministers have formally approved proposals to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified crops. ...

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 ...

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...

Andermatt opens Brazilian subsidiary

Swiss company Andermatt BioControl (Grossdietwil) has set up a Brazilian subsidiary, Andermatt do Brasil. The company began operations in January from Curitiba ...

Canada warns against illegal pesticide use after child deaths

Health Canada has issued a warning about the dangers of using unregistered pesticides following the death of two children after an illegal pest control operatio...

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 ...

US EPA OKs FMC's Capture 3rive 3D

FMC has received US EPA approval for its insecticide, Capture 3rive 3D (bifenthrin), for the control of corn rootworms (Diabrotica spp) and other seed and seedl...

Canadian farmers hand in old pesticides

Farmers in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) returned 33 tonnes of obsolete or unwanted pesticides in 2014. Collections were conducted between...

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. 

Andermatt

Swiss company Andermatt BioControl (Grossdietwil) has appointed Markus Ritter as managing director of its recently opened Brazilian subsidiary, Andermatt do Bra...

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 i...