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FMC/Chr Hansen agree 5-year extension on biopesticide deal

FMC has agreed a five-year extension to its collaboration with the Danish bioscience company, Chr Hansen (Horsholm), to develop and commercialise biopesticides.
FMC Deals

Certis USA/OmniLytics join forces against bacterial diseases

Japanese company Mitsui & Co’s US biopesticide subsidiary, Certis USA (Columbia, Maryland), has entered into an exclusive sales and marketing agreement with US company OmniLytics (Sandy, Utah) for the latter’s bacteriophage-based AgriPhage product line.
Deals Certis USA

Mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2018

A monthly listing of the mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2018, with links to the original articles.

M&A Deals

BASF/Evogene start insecticide development collaboration

The Israeli plant biotechnology company, Evogene (Rehovot), and BASF are to collaborate on the development of novel insecticides.

BASF Deals

DowDuPont/Embrapa agree ag research deal

DowDuPont business Corteva Agriscience and the Brazilian agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, are to collaborate on genomics research to improve crop tolerance to pests and drought.
DowDuPont Brazil Embrapa

Monsanto/2Blades target Asian soybean rust

Monsanto has agreed to collaborate with the US charitable group, 2Blades Foundation (Evanston, Illinois), to discover new sources of resistance to Asian soybean rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi).
Monsanto Deals
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Bayer launches bond sales to complete Monsanto deal funds

Bayer has issued several tranches of bonds in euros and US dollars to conclude the financing of its authorised takeover of Monsanto.

Bayer Crop Science Monsanto

Andermatt/Trifolio-M acquire shares in Biocont Poland

Swiss biopesticide company Andermatt Biocontrol (Grossdietwil) and German biologicals company Trifolio-M (Lahnau) have become shareholders in Polish biologicals company Biocont Poland (Krakow).
M&A Investments

Sipcam acquires Swiss biologicals company Sofbey

Italian agrochemical company Sipcam-Oxon has acquired Swiss biopesticide company Sofbey (Geneva).
M&A Sipcam Oxon

Bayer confirms closure of Monsanto takeover deal

Bayer has confirmed the completion of its takeover of Monsanto.
Bayer Crop Science Monsanto

Platform in talks to sell agchem business

Platform Specialty Products and UK-based Wilmcote Holdings have confirmed that they have held discussions over the possible sale of Platform’s agrochemical business, Arysta LifeScience.
M&A Arysta LifeScience

Bayer launches share issue to aid Monsanto acquisition

Bayer has launched a rights issue as the final step in raising equity funds for the acquisition of Monsanto.
Bayer Crop Science Monsanto
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Sharda Cropchem agchem sales up 28% in Q4

Indian company Sharda Cropchem (Mumbai) recorded a 27.9% increase in agrochemical revenues to Rs 6,988 million ($103.7 million at the current rate) in its fourth quarter ended March 31st 2018.

Financial Results

Meghmani agchem sales up 32% in Q4

Indian company Meghmani Organics (Ahmedabad) recorded a 31.5% increase in agrochemical revenues to Rs 6,276.3 million ($93.2 million at the current rate) in its fourth quarter ended March 31st 2018.
Financial Results

Insecticides India Q4 sales up 3%

Indian company Insecticides India recorded a 2.5% rise in revenues to Rs 1,689 million ($25.1 million at the current rate) in its fourth quarter ended March 31st 2017.
Financial Results

Dhanuka up 17% in fourth quarter

Indian agrochemical company Dhanuka Agritech recorded a net sales increase of 16.5% to Rs 1,850.9 million ($27.3 million at the current rate) in its fourth quarter ended March 31st 2018.

Financial Results

UPL agchem sales up 11% in Q4

UPL recorded an agrochemical sales rise of 11.1% to Rs 50,850 million ($750 million at the current rate) in its fourth quarter ended March 31st 2018.

Financial Results UPL

Rallis sales up 1% in fourth quarter

Rallis India recorded a 1% increase in sales to Rs 3,710.8 million ($54.8 million at the current rate) in its fourth quarter ended March 31st 2018.
Financial Results Rallis India

Agro-Kanesho sales up 2% in first quarter

Japanese agrochemical company Agro-Kanesho recorded a 2.4% increase in sales to ¥4,854 million ($44 million at the current rate) in the first quarter of 2018.
Financial Results Agro Kanesho

Excel Crop Care down 17% in fourth quarter

Indian agrochemical company Excel Crop Care's (Mumbai) revenues decreased by 16.5% to Rs 2,073.4 million ($30.6 million at the current rate) in its fourth quarter ended March 31st 2018.
Financial Results

Zhejiang Xinnong agchems up 38% in 2017

Chinese company Zhejiang Xinnong’s agrochemical sales were up 37.5% to Yuan 786.3 million ($124 million at the current rate) in 2017.

Financial Results

Shandong Luba agchem sales up 46% in 2017

Chinese company Shandong Luba’s agrochemical sales rose by 45.5% to Yuan 1,775.4 million ($280 million at the current rate) in 2017.
Financial Results

Nantong Jiangshan agchem sales up 9% in 2017

Chinese company Nantong Jiangshan’s agrochemical sales were up 9.4% to Yuan 2,286.1 million ($360.5 million at the current rate) in 2017.
Financial Results

Jiangsu Yangnong agchem sales up 46% in 2017

Chinese company Jiangsu Yangnong’s agrochemicals sales rose by 46.1% to Yuan 3,891 million ($613.6 million at the current rate) during 2017.

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US DoJ voices concern about Syngenta patent dispute appeal

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is urging a federal appeals court to reject Syngenta's request to overturn a ruling that dismissed claims of copyright infringement against generic agrochemical company Willowood.

United States DOJ

Judge upholds ban on California's glyphosate cancer warnings

A US federal judge has rejected California's request to reverse an order that prohibits the state from requiring cancer warning labels on products that contain glyphosate herbicide.
Monsanto Legal

US court battle looms over XtendiMax registration

US environmentalists are urging a federal court to vacate the EPA's registration of Monsanto's herbicide, XtendiMax (dicamba, diglycolamine salt), and pull the product from the market.
United States Monsanto

Brazil judge upholds Monsanto royalty rights on saved Intacta 2 soy

A Brazilian judge has ruled that Monsanto’s collection of royalties on genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant and insect-resistant Intacta RR2 Pro (MON87701xMON89788) soybean technology is legal.
Brazil Monsanto

Monsanto eyes appeal of order in US dicamba case

Monsanto is keen to appeal a recent US court order that denied its request for summary judgement of claims that allege the company was liable for dicamba herbicide drift damage in 2015 and 2016 to peach groves in the state of Missouri.

Monsanto Legal

Bayer/Calyxt settle US licensing suit

Bayer’s Crop Science division has settled a US lawsuit filed by French genomics company Cellectis’ US plant science subsidiary, Calyxt (Minneapolis, Minnesota), over the alleged violation of a licensing agreement. 
Legal Bayer Crop Science
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Bayer launches bond sales to complete Monsanto deal funds

Bayer has issued several tranches of bonds in euros and US dollars to conclude the financing of its authorised takeover of Monsanto.

Bayer Crop Science Monsanto

Russian Zemlyakoff to set up plant in Belarus

Russian agrochemical company Zemlyakoff Crop Protection (Moscow) plans to invest around €50 million ($59 million) to build a manufacturing facility.
Investments Operations

Precision BioSciences renames ag business

The US biotechnology company, Precision BioSciences (Durham, North Carolina), has adopted a new name for its food and agriculture business.

Operations

Bayer launches share issue to aid Monsanto acquisition

Bayer has launched a rights issue as the final step in raising equity funds for the acquisition of Monsanto.
Bayer Crop Science Monsanto

Bio-Gene seeks partners for storage pest control

The Australian biotechnology company, Bio-Gene Technology (Melbourne, Victoria), is seeking to collaborate with industry partners on the development of its β-triketone-based insecticide, Flavocide (flavesone), for the control of grain storage pests in Australia and international markets. 
Operations

Syngenta to open Seedcare Institute in Australia

Syngenta is to expand its global Seedcare Institute network with a new Seedcare Institute to be established at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.
Operations Seed treatments
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Vestaron

US biopesticide company Vestaron (Kalamazoo, Michigan) has appointed Anna Rath as chief executive officer.
People

CropLife America

US industry association CropLife America (CLA) has selected Chris Novak as its next president and CEO.
People

Spiess-Urania Chemicals

Japanese company Mitsui & Co subsidiary Spiess-Urania Chemicals has appointed Dr Frank Liebe as global marketing director.

People Mitsui & Co

Beijing Nutrichem

Chinese company Beijing Nutrichem has appointed Ellen Yu as chief operating offer. She will lead business strategy and planning, R&D, business development and sales.

People

FMC

FMC has appointed Darren Dillenbeck as country manager for Canada.
FMC People

Syngenta Seeds

Syngenta has made two appointments to its US Seeds business. David Eiser becomes head of top producer grower segment.
ChemChina Syngenta

Concentric Ag Corporation

US-based agricultural biologicals company Concentric Ag Corporation (formerly Inocucor) has appointed Mark Trostle as vice-president of global regulatory affairs.
People

Eurofins Agroscience Services

Contract research company Eurofins Agroscience Services has appointed Jose-Luis Juanes and Manuel Barradas as regulatory team leaders in Spain.
People

FMC

FMC has appointed Bob West as head of the Agricultural Solutions division’s Customer Engagement Center.

People FMC

Andav

The Brazilian agricultural inputs distributors’ association, the Andav, has appointed Antonio Henrique Botelho Lima as its chairman of the board.

People

Marrone Bio Innovations

The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (Davis, California), has appointed Kevin Hammill as its chief commercial officer.
People Marrone Bio Innovations

Bayer selects new management for post-Monsanto acquisition

Bayer has selected the new executive leadership team for its Crop Science division, which will go into effect upon the closing of Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto.
People M&A
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