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Bayer partners to supply global smallholders

Bayer’s Crop Science division is linking up with precision irrigation specialist Netafim, the UN World Banks’s International Finance Corp and risk transfer supplier Swiss Re Corporate Solutions to supply “sustainable” crop production products and services to smallholders in developing countries.
Bayer Crop Science Deals

STK and BASF agree Timorex Gold deal for Brazil

Israeli biopesticide company, STK (previously Stockton), and BASF have agreed a distribution deal for the former’s biofungicide, Timorex Gold (Melaleuca alternifolia extract), in Brazil.

Brazil BASF

Monsanto/RNAgri agree research collaboration

Monsanto has entered a research collaboration with US agricultural technology company RNAgri (St Louis, Missouri).
Deals Monsanto

Arysta/Meiji deal for flupyrimin on rice in India

Platform Specialty Products’ agrochemical business, Arysta LifeScience, has agreed a licensing deal with Japanese company Meiji Seika Pharma to develop and commercialise formulations of Meiji’s insecticide, flupyrimin, for applications in rice in India.

India Deals

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

Nichino/OAT Agrio in N Am fungicide deal

Nihon Nohyaku’s US subsidiary, Nichino America (Wilmington, Delaware), has entered into an agreement with Japanese agrochemical and fertiliser company Otsuka AgriTechno Agrio (OAT Agrio) to market and sell OAT Agrio’s fungicide, Gatten (flutianil), in the US and Canada.

Deals Nihon Nohyaku

Bayer/Chapadao Foundation agree crowdfunding lab project

Bayer’s Crop Science division and the Brazilian Chapadão Foundation have agreed to promote a research collaboration.

Bayer Crop Science Deals

DowDuPont in satellite imagery deal

DowDuPont agriculture division Corteva Agriscience’s US software business, Granular, has entered into a three-year agreement with the US aerospace and data analytics company, Planet.

Deals DowDuPont

Monsanto/AgriMetis in insecticide collaboration

Monsanto has entered into a research and licensing deal with the US crop protection products discovery company, AgriMetis (Lutherville, Maryland). 
Deals Monsanto

Monsanto/Pairwise Plants enter research pact

Monsanto has entered into a research collaboration with the US plant gene editing company, Pairwise Plants (San Diego, California).

Deals Monsanto

Nufarm completes Adama/Syngenta products acquisition

 

Nufarm has completed the acquisition of a range of crop protection products in the European Economic Area from ChemChina subsidiaries Adama and Syngenta.

M&A Deals

BASF/HitGen agree agchem lead research collaboration

BASF and Chinese small molecule discovery company HitGen (Chengdu) have agreed a research collaboration to identify leads for targets of agrochemical interest to BASF.

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Russia conditionally approves Bayer takeover of Monsanto

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service has conditionally granted approval of Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto.
Russian Federation M&A

Temasek ups stake in Bayer for €3 bn

Singapore-based investment house Temasek has agreed to acquire a 3.6% stake in Bayer.

M&A Operations

Syngenta acquires veg seed company Abbott Cobb

Syngenta has acquired US vegetable seed company Abbott & Cobb (Feasterville, PA).
M&A ChemChina

Bayer to sell digital farming business to BASF

Bayer plans to sell its Crop Science division's digital farming business to BASF.
BASF Bayer Crop Science

EU extends decision date on Bayer/BASF deals

The European Commission has given itself 14 more days to April 30th for deciding whether Bayer’s proposed divestments of certain seed and agrochemical businesses to BASF could come under EU merger rules.
European Commission M&A

French and German seed companies acquire Strube

French seed company Deleplanque & Compagnie (Maisons-Laffitte) and German seed processor SUET Saat- und Erntetechnik (Eschwege) have acquired the German seed company, Strube group.
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Zhejiang Wynca agchem sales flat in 2017

Zhejiang Wynca Chemical recorded almost flat (+0.2%) agrochemical sales of Yuan 3,018.9 million ($476.1 million at the current rate) in 2017 compared with Yuan 3,014.2 million ($475.3 million) in 2016.
Financial Results

Adama estimates Q1 net income

ChemChina subsidiary the Adama group expects net profit for the first quarter of 2018 of $295–$326.3 million.

Financial Results Adama

PHC sales up 21% in 2017

The US-based, UK-listed bioproducts company, Plant Health Care (PHC – Raleigh, North Carolina), recorded a 21.4% increase in sales to $7.7 million in 2017.

Financial Results Plant Health Care

Jiangsu Changqing agchems up 23% in 2017

Chinese agrochemical company Jiangsu Changqing registered a gain of 22.5% in crop protection revenues to Yuan 2,229.6 million ($351.6 million at the current rate) in 2017.
Financial Results

Monsanto sales down 1% in second quarter

Increased agrochemical sales were more than offset by a decline in Monsanto’s seed and trait sales during the second quarter of fiscal 2018 (ending August 31st).

Financial Results Monsanto

Sichuan Lier agchem sales up 56% in 2017

Chinese company Sichuan Lier Chemical’s agrochemical sales rose by 55.7% to Yuan 3,080.8 million ($485.8 million) in 2017. Agrochemicals accounted for 99.8% of revenues.
Financial Results

MBI sales up 24% in Q4

The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI – Davis, California), recorded a 23.9% increase in product revenues to $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Financial Results Marrone Bio Innovations

Kumiai sales up 24% in 2017

Kumiai Chemical’s consolidated agrochemical sales rose by 24.4% to ¥77,817 million ($730.7 million at the current rate) in its fiscal year ended October 31st 2017.
Financial Results Kumiai Chemical

Sichuan Hebang Biotechnology's agchem sales up 39% in 2017

Chinese company Sichuan Hebang Biotechnology’s agrochemical sales increased by 38.8% to Yuan 2,708.2 million ($427.1 million at the current rate) in 2017.

Financial Results

Adama agchem sales up 13% in Q4

Newly-merged agrochemical company Adama recorded a 12.5% increase in agrochemical sales to $748 million during the fourth quarter.
Financial Results Adama

Nufarm agchem sales up 6% in first half

Strong sales in Europe and North America boosted Nufarm’s crop protection (excluding seed treatments) revenues by 6.3% to Aus$1,391.4 million (US$1,093 million at the current rate) in the six months to January 31st 2018.

Financial Results Nufarm

Acquisitions boost Amvac sales in 2017

American Vanguard’s crop protection sales rose by 10.7% to $301.4 million in 2017. Non-crop pesticide sales were up by 34.4% to $53.6 million and total revenues rose by 13.8% to $355 million.

Financial Results American Vanguard
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California court rejects Monsanto's appeal of glyphosate listing decision

A California state appeals court has upheld the state’s move to add glyphosate herbicide to its list of possible carcinogens.
United States Monsanto

US EPA sued for documents on agchem worker rules

Environmentalists and farmworker advocates are suing the US EPA to turn over records related to its decision to revise two pesticide worker protection rules.

United States Legal

Indian court rules against Monsanto's GM cotton patent

The Delhi High Court in India has ruled Monsanto’s patent on its genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cotton as “unpatentable” under the Indian Patents Act.
India Legal

US agchem registrants contest ESA assessment

A trio of agrochemical companies has asked a US federal court to vacate the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) analysis of the potential harm to endangered fish from legal uses of three organophosphate insecticides. 
United States Legal

Judge rebukes US EPA for delaying agchem rule

A judge ruled last week that the Trump administration had violated federal law when it delayed implementation of the US EPA's pesticide applicator rule.
United States EPA

DowDuPont keen to contest US chlorpyrifos challenge

DowDuPont’s Dow AgroSciences business has asked a US court to allow it to intervene in litigation challenging the Trump administration's decision not to ban the insecticide, chlorpyrifos.

EPA DowDuPont
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MBI closes share sale fundraising for $12 m

The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI - Davis, California), has gained gross proceeds of approximately $12 million through the sale of common stock. 
Operations Marrone Bio Innovations

Staphyt opens phytosanitary experimental station in Morocco

French contract research company Staphyt (Inchy-en-Artois) has opened its first phytosanitary experimental station in Meknes, Morocco.

Operations

Agrow Awards 2018 open for entries

The Agrow Awards 2018 are open for entries. The 11th instalment of the coveted awards for the crop protection and agricultural biotechnology industries comprises 17 categories.
Operations Insecticides

MBI to make share offering

The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI - Davis, California), is proposing a public offering of common stock.
Investments Operations

Temasek ups stake in Bayer for €3 bn

Singapore-based investment house Temasek has agreed to acquire a 3.6% stake in Bayer.

M&A Operations

Bayer to boost agchem production in Russia by 2020

Bayer’s Crop Science division plans to localise over 60% of its crop protection products in Russia by 2020.
Russian Federation Operations
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Agrinos

Norwegian biological products company, Agrinos (Oslo), has appointed Scott Wu as country manager of Agrinos China (operating as Agrinos Beijing Biotech Company).
People

Syngenta Canada

Syngenta Canada has appointed Trevor Heck as president and territory head for Canada with effect from June 1st.

People ChemChina

Eurofins Agroscience Services

Contract research company Eurofins Agroscience Services has appointed Marcos de Ferran as general manager Brazil and LatAm director.

People

Spiess-Urania Chemicals

Japanese company Mitsui & Co subsidiary Spiess-Urania Chemicals has appointed Mats Edh as global sales director.
People Mitsui & Co

Certis Europe

Mark Waltham has been appointed as chief executive officer of Japanese company Mitsui & Co’s new European crop protection business, Certis Europe, formed from the merger of Certis Europe and Spiess Urania.

People Certis Europe

Ag Container Recycling Council

Mark Hudson has been appointed executive director of the US agrochemical industry’s Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC). 
People

Arcadia Biosciences

The US plant biotechnology company, Arcadia Biosciences (Davis, California), has appointed Sarah Reiter as chief commercial officer.
People

Valent USA

Sumitomo Chemical subsidiary Valent USA (Walnut Creek, California) has appointed William Hendrix as vice-president of technology.

People

Bee Vectoring Technologies

The Canadian company, Bee Vectoring Technologies (BVT - Mississauga, Ontario), has appointed Dr Gerardo Suazo as senior technical manager in Mexico on a contractual basis.

People

APVMA

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has appointed Lisa Croft as deputy chief executive.
Australia APVMA

Inocucor

The Canadian agricultural biologicals company, Inocucor (Montreal, Quebec), has appointed Natalie Shuman as director of marketing. 
People

Belchim Crop Protection

Belgian company Belchim Crop Protection (Londerzeel) has appointed Johan De Saegher as chief executive officer.

People
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