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Mitsubishi/Zen-Noh form agchem jv

The Japanese federation of agricultural co-operative associations, Zen-Noh, and Mitsubishi Corporation, have agreed to form a joint venture for the manufacturing, registration and distribution of agrochemicals. 
Deals Mitsubishi

Bayer/Bosch to develop herbicide spray sensor technology

Bayer’s Crop Science division and German technology provider Bosch are to collaborate on the development of crop protection spray technology.

Deals R&D

Bayer/IMBB launch insect control research programme

Bayer’s Crop Science division has started a five-year research collaboration with the Greek Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) to discover insect control solutions.

Deals R&D

Arcadia/Broad Institute in genome editing deal

The US plant biotechnology company, Arcadia Biosciences (Davis, California), has signed a global licensing deal with the US non-profit research organisation, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, over CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology. 
Deals

TechAccel funds RNAi-based biopesticide development

The US agricultural technology development investment company, TechAccel (Kansas City, Missouri), has awarded $60,000 to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (St Louis, Missouri) to further the development of a sprayable RNAi-based biopesticide for the control of diamondback moths (Plutella xylostella). 
Deals Biologicals

MBI/AgShift to assess biopesticide impact on produce quality

US biopesticide company Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI – Davis, California) is to collaborate on a pilot project with US agricultural technology company AgShift (Santa Clara, California) to assess the impact of the use of biological pesticides on the quality of fresh produce.
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UPL acquires 33% stake in Brazilian seed company

UPL has acquired a 33.3% stake in Brazilian seed company Serra Bonita Sementes (Buritis) from its Brazilian parent company, SinAgro Produtos Agropecuarios.
M&A UPL

Dow/DuPont merger complete

DuPont and Dow AgroSciences parent company Dow Chemical have completed their planned merger as of August 31st. 
M&A DuPont

Albaugh reported to be up for sale

The US agrochemical and specialty chemical company, Albaugh (Ankeny, Iowa), is working with investment bank J P Morgan Chase to discuss the potential sale of the company, according to unnamed sources cited by the Reuters news agency. 
M&A Albaugh

EU invites comments on Bayer/Monsanto deal

The European Commission has opened a 15-day public comment period for its in-depth inquiry into Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto.
EU European Commission

Amvac acquires Syngenta agchems in Mexico

US agrochemical company American Vanguard’s wholly owned subsidiary, Amvac Mexico, has acquired selective herbicides and contact fungicides sold in Mexico from Syngenta.
Mexico Fungicides

Mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2017

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

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PHC sales up 8% in first half

The US-based, UK-listed bioproducts company, Plant Health Care (PHC – Raleigh, North Carolina), recorded a 7.5% increase in sales to $3.1 million in the first half of 2017. 
Financial Results Plant Health Care

Sichuan Guoguang agchems up 12% in H1

Chinese company Sichuan Guoguang’s agrochemical sales were up 11.6% to Yuan 316.3 million ($46.8 million at the current rate) during the first half of 2017. 
Financial Results

Limin Chemical agchems up 19% in H1

Chinese company Limin Chemical’s agrochemical sales rose 19% to Yuan 621 million ($92 million at the current rate) during the first two quarters of 2017.
Financial Results

Lianhe Chemical agchem sales up 9% in H1

Chinese company Lianhe Chemical’s agrochemical sales increased by 9% to Yuan 1,183.0 million ($175.2 million at the current rate) during the first two quarters of 2017.
Financial Results

Nutrichem agchems up 47% in H1

Chinese company Beijing Nutrichem’s agrochemical sales rose by 46.8% to Yuan 2,886.6 million ($427.5 million at the current rate) during the first two quarters of 2017.
Financial Results

Hefei Fengle agchems up 39% in H1

Chinese company Hefei Fengle’s agrochemical sales rose by 39.2% to Yuan 431.5 million ($63.9 million at the current rate) during the first half of 2017.
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Syngenta wins another US azoxystrobin patent case

A US court has awarded Syngenta damages over the infringement of a third patent for the strobilurin fungicide, azoxystrobin, by US generic agrochemical company Willowood (Roseburg, Oregon). 
Legal Syngenta

Dow appeals $455 million patent dispute to US Supreme Court

Dow AgroSciences (part of DowDuPont) has asked the US Supreme Court to review and reverse a federal court ruling that requires it to pay Bayer’s Crop Science division some $455 million for violating a patent agreement related to a gene used to convey tolerance to the herbicide, glufosinate-ammonium. 

Legal Dow AgroSciences

EU legal view opens way for firms to challenge candidate ai list

Companies should be given the right to challenge the inclusion of active ingredients in a list of candidates for substitution, says Melchior Wathelet, Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
EU European Commission

UPL wins in UK High Court against toll manufacturers

UPL has won a UK High Court case against UK toll manufacturers regarding illegal production of its herbicide, Metafol (metamitron 700 g/litre), also known as Bettix.
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Monsanto US cancer suit mired in document controversy

An attorney representing cancer victims who claim that Monsanto's Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide caused their illnesses appears to have acted in "bad faith" when he leaked confidential documents, a US state of California federal judge said last week.

United States EPA

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.
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Platform looks for quick agchem separation

Platform Specialty Products expects to separate its Arysta LifeScience agrochemical business from its specialty chemical business through an initial public offering (IPO) for Arysta by the middle of 2018. 
Operations Arysta LifeScience

FMC to become regionally balanced agchem business

The planned acquisition of a significant part of the former DuPont’s (now part of DowDuPont) crop protection business will see FMC emerge as a purely agrochemical operation with sales divided evenly between the main geographical regions. 
FMC Operations

Monsanto presses US state of Arkansas over dicamba ban

Monsanto is urging the US state of Arkansas to reject a call to severely restrict use of the herbicide, dicamba, and warning that it may turn to the courts if the proposal is adopted. 

Operations United States

Monsanto to sell Indian cotton seed business

Monsanto is to sell its branded cotton seed business in India to Indian company Tierra Agrotech (Hyderabad).
Operations India

Eurofins to offer field trials in Ukraine

Contract research company Eurofins Agroscience Services has agreed a collaboration with an agriculture consultant based in Lviv, Ukraine.
Operations

Eurofins opens base in Chile

Contract research company Eurofins Agroscience Services Latin America has opened a new field base in the O’Higgins region of Chile.
Operations

Syngenta to expand US seed business

Syngenta has committed to a “significant incremental investment” in its US seed business over the next five years. 
Operations Syngenta

Monsanto targets GM soybean expansion in US

Monsanto expects plantings of its genetically modified herbicide-tolerant Roundup Ready 2 Xtend (MON88708xMON89788) soybeans to account for about half of the US soybean area in 2018. 
Monsanto Operations

Meghmani creates agchem subsidiary

Indian company Meghmani Organics (Ahmedabad) has created a wholly owned agrochemical subsidiary, Meghmani Agrochemicals.

Operations

Platform to spin off agchem business

Platform Specialty Products has confirmed that it is to separate its agrochemical and specialty chemical businesses into two standalone public companies. 
Operations Platform Specialty Products

Bayer opens new ST facility in France

Bayer’s seed protection division, Bayer SeedGrowth Coatings, has opened a seed treatment formulation facility at its site in Méréville, France.
Operations Bayer CropScience

Nantong Jiangshan to expand herbicide production

Chinese company Nantong Jiangshan plans to invest Yuan 124 million ($18.4 million) to expand its amide herbicide production capabilities by 26,000 tonnes/year.
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Monsanto France

Monsanto has appointed Catherine Lamboley as sales manager of it seed division in France, Belgium and the north-west African Maghreb region.
People Monsanto

Eurofins Agroscience Services

Contract research company Eurofins Agroscience Services has appointed Vincent Drèze as business unit manager of its agroscience regulatory group.
People

Smithers Viscient

The US-based contract research company, Smithers Viscient (Wareham, Massachusetts), has appointed Dr Craig Draper as vice-president of global commercial development. 
People

CropLife America

The US industry association, CropLife America (CLA), has appointed Ethan Mathews as director of government relations. 
People United States

CropLife America

The US industry association, CropLife America (CLA), has appointed Dr Brenda Stahl as director of human health policy.
People

Agcarm

New Zealand’s industry association for crop protection, animal health and rural supplier business, Agcarm, has appointed Dr Pauline Calvert as president.
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