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BASF/Kaiima to collaborate on herbicide tolerance trait discovery

BASF and Israeli plant genetics and breeding technology company Kaiima Bio-Agritech (Lower Galilee) have agreed a collaboration for the discovery of novel herbicide tolerance traits to develop new weed control systems.
Deals BASF

Bayer/Netafim deal on drip application technology

Bayer’s Crop Science division and Israeli company Netafim are co-operating on supplying “enhanced” crop protection application technology.

Bayer CropScience Deals

Evogene/Monsanto collaboration advances

The Israeli biotechnology company, Evogene (Rehovot), has reached an important milestone in its collaboration with Monsanto on the identification of genes for resistance to stalk rot (Fusarium spp) in maize. 
R&D Deals

Stockton/Seipasa partner on biofungicide for US

The Israeli biopesticide company, Stockton (Tel Aviv), and the Spanish biopesticide firm, Seipasa (Valencia), have entered into an agreement to introduce a Bacillus subtilis-based biofungicide/bactericide into the US. 
Deals Biologicals

Eden/Sipcam agree commercial and development deals

Sipcam-Oxon has agreed to invest in UK company Eden Research (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) and has signed several commercial and development deals.
Deals Sipcam Oxon

Dow/DJI deal on crop protection drones

Dow AgroSciences has agreed with Chinese drone maker DJI Innovation Technology (Shenzhen) to work on the research and application of crop protection drones and technology.
Deals Dow AgroSciences

DuPont Pioneer/ERS Genomics in CRISPR-Cas deal

DuPont seed subsidiary DuPont Pioneer has entered into a technology licensing agreement with Irish genomics firm ERS Genomics (Dublin).
Deals DuPont

Adama/RiceTec expand rice partnership

Adama Agricultural Solutions and the US rice company, RiceTec (Houston, Texas), have agreed to extend their US partnership to develop a non-genetically modified system of herbicide-tolerant rice to farmers worldwide. 
Deals Adama Agricultural Solutions

Mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2017

A monthly listing of the mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2017, with links to the original articles.

M&A Deals

Kumiai/PI Industries to form Indian joint venture

Kumiai Chemical and Indian company Pl Industries have agreed to establish a 50:50 joint venture, Pl Kumiai, in India.
Deals Operations

Aarti Industries in intermediate supply deal

Indian specialty chemical company Aarti Industries has entered into a multi-year contract with an unnamed global agriculture company to supply a “high-value” agrochemical intermediate for use in herbicides.
Deals

VIB creates biologicals spin-off Aphea.Bio

Belgian research institute VIB (Ghent) and the Belgian universities, Ghent University and KU Leuven, have launched an agricultural biologicals spin-off, Aphea.Bio, located in Ghent.
Operations Deals
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Dow/DuPont merger progresses in South Africa

South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended the conditional approval of the proposed merger between Dow AgroSciences parent company Dow Chemical and DuPont.
M&A Dow AgroSciences

Brazil Cade calls for Bayer/Monsanto deal impact study

The Brazilian competition authority, the Cade, has called for a Brazilian market impact study on the proposed Bayer takeover of Monsanto.
M&A Brazil

ChemChina seeks to cancel outstanding Syngenta shares

ChemChina has acquired 98% of Syngenta’s share capital, thereby exceeding the threshold for requesting the cancellation of the remaining publicly held shares. 
M&A Syngenta

Dow to divest Brazilian maize seed assets

Dow Chemical has agreed to sell a portion of Dow AgroSciences’ hybrid maize seed business in Brazil to the Chinese CITIC Agri Fund for $1,100 million. 
M&A Dow AgroSciences

EU adds more review time for DuPont/FMC deal

The European Commission has pushed back its deadline to July 28th for taking a decision on whether to hold an in-depth investigation into DuPont’s proposed sale of part of its agrochemical business to FMC.

M&A EU

Mexico approves Dow/DuPont merger

The Mexican competition authority has conditionally approved the proposed merger between Dow AgroSciences parent company Dow Chemical and DuPont.

Mexico DuPont

Bayer seeks EU approval for Monsanto acquisition

Bayer has submitted its request to the European Commission for approval of its proposed acquisition of Monsanto.

EU European Commission

Agro-Kanesho acquires BASF's imazaquin business in Japan

Japanese agrochemical company Agro-Kanesho has acquired BASF’s imazaquin herbicide business in Japan.
Japan M&A

Canada clears Dow/DuPont merger

The Canadian Competition Bureau has agreed to remedy measures proposed by Dow AgroSciences parent company Dow Chemical and DuPont to enable their proposed merger to proceed. 
Canada Dow AgroSciences

ChemChina completes Syngenta acquisition

ChemChina has completed the acquisition of Syngenta. The process that began in February 2016 with Syngenta’s board of directors recommending the acceptance of ChemChina’s offer valuing it at over $43 billion has finally been completed.

M&A Adama Agricultural Solutions

Mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2017

A monthly listing of the mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2017, with links to the original articles.

M&A Deals

Certis USA acquires LAM International

Japanese company Mitsui & Co’s US biopesticide subsidiary, Certis USA (Columbia, Maryland), has acquired the US biopesticide business, LAM International (Butte, Montana). Certis USA has purchased 100% of the shares of LAM International, which will operate as a subsidiary of Certis USA. 
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Mitsui agchems down 12% in 2016/17

Mitsui Chemicals’ agrochemical business, Mitsui Chemicals Agro, recorded a 12.3% decline in sales to ¥43,500 million ($386.3 million) in the year ended March 31st 2017. 
Financial Results Mitsui Chemicals Agro

Monsanto sales up 1% in third quarter

Increased sales of agrochemicals more than offset a dip in Monsanto’s seed and trait revenues in the three months to May 31st 2017. Overall sales rose by 1.2% to $4,230 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017.

Financial Results Monsanto

Sumitomo agchem sales up 12% in 2016/17

Sumitomo Chemical recorded a 12% increase in agrochemical sales to ¥257,393 million ($2,306.2 million at the current rate) in its fiscal year ended March 31st 2017. Revenues were boosted by the acquisition of Indian agrochemical company Excel Crop Care and the inclusion of environmental health products. 
Financial Results Sumitomo Chemical

Insecticides India Q4 sales down 1%

Indian company Insecticides India recorded a net sales decline of 1.2% to Rs 1,759.8 million ($27.2 million at the current rate) in its fourth quarter ended March 31st 2017.
Financial Results

Nippon Kayaku’s agchem sales up 2% in fiscal 2017

Japanese company Nippon Kayaku recorded a 1.5% increase in agrochemical sales to some ¥6,600 million ($59.1 million at the current rate) in the year ended March 31st 2017. 
Financial Results

Meghmani Q4 agchem sales down 2%

Indian company Meghmani Organics (Ahmedabad) recorded a 2.1% decline in agrochemical revenues to Rs 986 million ($15.2 million at the current rate) in its fourth quarter ended March 31st 2017.
Financial Results

Dhanuka down 9% in fourth quarter

Indian agrochemical company Dhanuka Agritech recorded a net sales decline of 8.9% to Rs 1,570.7 million ($24.3 million at the current rate) in its fourth quarter ended March 31st 2016.
Financial Results

Hubei Sanonda agchem sales down 22% in 2016

Chinese company Hubei Sanonda’s agrochemical sales were down 22.3% to Yuan 1,494.2 million ($217.1 million at the current rate) in 2016.
Financial Results

Zhongnongfa Seed agchem sales up 173% in 2016

Chinese company Zhongnongfa Seed’s agrochemical sales were up 172.8% to Yuan 407.1 million ($59.1 million at the current rate) in 2016.
Financial Results

Excel Crop Care up 24% in fourth quarter

Indian agrochemical company Excel Crop Care's (Mumbai) revenues increased by 24% to Rs 2,485 million ($38.4 million at the current rate) in its fourth quarter ended March 31st 2017. Net profit, however, fell by 20.7% to Rs 60.4 million ($900,000). Combined with the 5.2% rise during the first three quarters, full-year revenues moved up 10.4% to Rs 10,621.3 million ($164 million). Net profit for the period was 18.7% higher at Rs 707.2 million ($10.9 million).

Financial Results

Sichuan Hebang agchem sales up 67% in 2016

Chinese company Sichuan Hebang Biotechnology’s agrochemical sales went up by 66.9% to Yuan 1,951.9 million ($283.5 million at the current rate) in 2016. That included sales of the glyphosate herbicide intermediate, phosphonomethyl iminodiacetic acid (PMIDA), which grew 19% to Yuan 1,280.7 million ($186 million). The company also sold glyphosate for the first time, recording revenues of Yuan 278.1 million ($40.4 million). Agrochemicals made up 56.4% of total sales, which rose by 21% to Yuan 3,462.6 million ($503 million). Net profit on total revenues were up by 32.5% to Yuan 317.8 million ($46.2 million). Exports accounted for 15.6% of total sales.
Financial Results China

Sichuan Guoguang agchem sales up 27% in 2016

Chinese company Sichuan Guoguang’s agrochemical sales were up by 26.9% to Yuan 465.5 million ($67.6 million at the current rate) in 2016. Agrochemicals made up 75.8% (60.6% in 2015) of total revenues in 2016, which rose by 1.5% to Yuan 614.3 million ($89.2 million). Net profit on total sales increased by 4.1% to Yuan 139.3 million ($20.2 million). South-western China was the company’s largest region, accounting for 23.2% of revenues. It was followed by south China (17.7%), east China (15.6%) and north China (15.2%).

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US enviros lose round one of chlorpyrifos fight

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has rejected a plea by environmentalists to reverse the EPA's decision not to ban the organophosphate insecticide, chlorpyrifos.
United States Legal

Nortox wins appeal to reopen manufacturing plant

The Brazilian agrochemical company, Nortox (Arapongas), has won an appeal lifting the suspension of operation at one of its manufacturing plants, national media report.
Brazil Legal

Syngenta ordered to pay US farmers $218 million in GMO dispute

A US jury has ordered Syngenta to pay $217.7 million to a certified class of more than 7,000 farmers in the US state of Kansas who claimed that the company had acted irresponsibly when it commercialised its genetically-modified insect-resistant Agrisure Viptera (MIR162) maize
United States Legal

UPL settles claims against AgChemAccess for Metafol

UPL has settled its claims against UK agrochemical company AgChemAccess (Norwich, Norfolk) related to illegally parallel-trading unauthorised copies of UPL's herbicide, Metafol (metamitron 700 g/litre).
UPL United Kingdom

EU court says translation error cannot block agchem approval

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a discrepancy in the Spanish version of the 2009 EU approval of the fungicide, difenoconazole, cannot be used as the basis of a lawsuit seeking to annul a product approval.
EU Spain

Enviros want US court to expedite review of Monsanto dicamba herbicide

Environmentalists who have filed a lawsuit to reverse the US EPA's registration of Monsanto's herbicide, XtendiMax (dicamba, diglycolamine salt), say that their challenge should be expedited. They cite as justification their claim that use of the pesticide poses "risks of serious, irreparable harm" to hundreds of federally protected plants and animals.

United States Herbicides & PGRs

Brazil judge suspends Nortox operations

A Brazilian judge has ordered the suspension of operations of a manufacturing plant of Brazilian agrochemical company Nortox (Arapongas).

Product Commercial

US court rejects Dow appeal of $455 m patent dispute

A US federal appeals court has rejected a request by Dow AgroSciences to overturn a court ruling that requires it to pay Bayer CropScience some $455 million for violating a patent agreement related to a gene used to convey tolerance to the herbicide, glufosinate-ammonium.

Policy & Regulation Herbicides & PGRs

Syngenta wins US azoxystrobin patent case

A US court has found that US generic agrochemical company Willowood (Roseburg, Oregon) has infringed two patents (No 5,602,076 and 5,633,256) owned by Syngenta relating to the strobilurin fungicide, azoxystrobin.

Fungicides Product

Dow appeals US court decision on $455 million patent dispute

Dow AgroSciences has appealed a court ruling that requires it to pay Bayer CropScience some $455 million for violating a patent agreement related to a gene used to convey tolerance to the herbicide, glufosinate-ammonium.

Product Herbicides & PGRs

Syngenta responds to Mertin Brazil ban

Syngenta has condemned the improper use of its products following a Brazilian court demanding the recall of its fungicide, Mertin 400 (fentin hydroxide), and a ban on its sale.

Fungicides Syngenta

Brazilian judge bans Syngenta fungicide sale

A Brazilian judge has banned the sale and use of Syngenta’s fungicide, Mertin 400 (fentin hydroxide), due to its misuse.

Fungicides Policy & Regulation
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Andermatt establishes UK subsidiary

Swiss biopesticide company Andermatt Biocontrol has established a UK subsidiary, Andermatt Biocontrol UK.
United Kingdom Operations

Nortox wins appeal to reopen manufacturing plant

The Brazilian agrochemical company, Nortox (Arapongas), has won an appeal lifting the suspension of operation at one of its manufacturing plants, national media report.
Brazil Legal

SGS Argentine site OECD GLP accreditation

Swiss inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS has received Argentine GLP accreditation against OECD standards for crop residue trials.

Argentina Operations

Plater manufactures fungi-derived chitosan

The UK chemical company, Plater Group, has begun manufacturing the disease resistance activator, chitosan, sourced from specially cultured fungi. 
Operations Biologicals

Ricerca Biosciences renamed Concord Biosciences

US contract research company Ricerca Biosciences (Concord, Ohio) has been named Concord Biosciences.
Operations

Clariant opens greenhouse in Germany

German specialty chemical company Clariant (Muttenz) has opened a new “state-of-the-art” greenhouse at its innovation centre in Frankfurt, Germany.
Germany Operations

Kumiai/PI Industries to form Indian joint venture

Kumiai Chemical and Indian company Pl Industries have agreed to establish a 50:50 joint venture, Pl Kumiai, in India.
Deals Operations

Syngenta opens French seed facility

Syngenta has opened a new facility at Chartres, France dedicated to the development of cereal and oilseed rape hybrids.
France Operations

Staphyt to create regulatory spin-off

French contract research company Staphyt (Inchy-en-Artois) is launching a regulatory consulting spin-off, Staphyt Regulatory.
Operations

VIB creates biologicals spin-off Aphea.Bio

Belgian research institute VIB (Ghent) and the Belgian universities, Ghent University and KU Leuven, have launched an agricultural biologicals spin-off, Aphea.Bio, located in Ghent.
Operations Deals

Staphyt expands in the Americas

The French contract research company, Staphyt (Inchy-en-Artois), has signed partnership agreements covering the whole of the US and Canada.
Operations

Arysta moves towards direct sales in Netherlands

Platform Specialty Products’ agrochemical business, Arysta LifeScience, is to build a new marketing and sales organisation in the Netherlands by 2018.
Netherlands Operations
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AkzoNobel

Dutch chemical company AkzoNobel has appointed Thierry Vanlancker as chief executive officer with immediate effect.

People

Andermatt Biocontrol

Swiss biopesticide company Andermatt Biocontrol has appointed Dr Andrew Brown as managing director of its newly established UK subsidiary, Andermatt Biocontrol UK.
People

Dow AgroSciences CEO heads to Lindsay Corp

US agricultural equipment and irrigation specialist Lindsay Corporation (Omaha, Nebraska) has appointed Tim Hassinger as president and CEO with effect from October 16th.

People Dow AgroSciences

Nufarm

Nufarm has appointed Stefanie Hingley as marketing manager for Nufarm UK and Ireland.
People Nufarm

Syngenta

Syngenta is bringing together the leadership of the research and development as well as production and supply functions within its crop protection and seeds businesses.

Syngenta People

Arysta LifeScience

Platform Specialty Products’ agrochemical business, Arysta LifeScience, has appointed Nico Stuijt as country manager for Arysta LifeScience Netherlands, effective August 21st.
Netherlands People

Ecospray

The UK company, Ecospray (Hilborough, Norfolk), has appointed Robert Lidstone as commercial manager.

People

New Syngenta board of directors elected

Syngenta’s shareholders have elected a new board of directors. 
People

Isagro Asia

Italian agrochemical company Isagro’s Asian subsidiary, Isagro Asia, has appointed K N Chandrasekaran as its general manager.
People

Vive Crop Protection

The Canadian company, Vive Crop Protection (Toronto, Ontario), has appointed Darren Anderson as president. 
People

Meghmani Organics

Indian company Meghmani Organics (Ahmedabad) has appointed Ankit Patel as chief executive officer and Raj Kumar Mehta as chief financial officer.
People

Calyxt

French genomics company Cellectis’ US plant science subsidiary, Calyxt (New Brighton, Minnesota), has appointed Joseph Saluri as general counsel and executive vice-president of corporate development.
People
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