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Set Alert for Europe

Industry fund for agchem registration data not feasible, says EU

The option of creating an industry-financed fund to generate independent registration data for agrochemical approvals is “not feasible”, says EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.
Europe EU

France gains right to restrict creosote approval

France can refuse to mutually recognise approvals of the wood preservative, creosote, in other member states because of concerns over the active ingredient’s hazardous properties, the European Commission says.
Europe EU

EU clarifies terms for ai content in biocides

The minimum and maximum concentrations of active ingredients listed in national approvals of biocide products must include any additives or impurities, the European Commission says.
EU Europe

EU approval expiry date postponed for sulfuryl fluoride biocide

The expiry date of the EU approval of the wood preservative, sulfuryl fluoride, is to be postponed from December 31st 2018 to June 30th 2021.
Europe EU

Four biocide ais to gain EU approval

EU member states have voted in favour of European Commission proposals to approve four biocides: acetamiprid, cypermethrin and cyphenothrin for use in non-crop insecticides; and penflufen for use in wood preservatives.

Europe EU

EU proposes non-renewal of propiconazole

The European Commission has drafted a decision not to renew the EU approval of the fungicide, propiconazole.

Europe EU
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North America

Set Alert for North America

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

US Tolerance Tracker update (May 2018)

The April 2018 update of the US Tolerance Tracker is available in the Agrow Data section.
United States

CFIA detects GM wheat on "isolated" site in Alberta

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the detection of unauthorised genetically modified herbicide-tolerant wheat in Alberta province.
Canada CFIA

US state of Hawaii bans chlorpyrifos

Hawaii has become the first US state to ban agricultural uses of the insecticide, chlorpyrifos.
United States Insecticides

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

US lawmakers balk at EPA science transparency rule

More than 100 members of the US House of Representatives are urging the Trump administration to abandon a controversial proposal that would restrict the data the EPA can use to support future regulations.

United States EPA
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South America

Set Alert for South America

Argentina approves Monsanto GM soybean

The Argentine Ministry of Agriculture has approved a Monsanto genetically modified double herbicide-tolerant soybean.
Argentina Herbicide Tolerance

Argentina approves GM alfalfa

Argentina has approved Argentine Bioceres group’s affiliate, Indear’s, genetically modified stacked herbicide-tolerant and altered content alfalfa.

Argentina Product Approvals

Brazil Embrapa chief backs changes to agchem regulations

A senior civil servant chief within the Ministry of Agriculture has given public support for amendments to legislation governing agrochemicals in the country.
Brazil Brazil Anvisa

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

Brazilian agchem sector event debates regulatory changes

Brazilian agrochemical public and private sector professionals met in Brazil last week to discuss potential cuts to the country’s bureaucracy and “modernisation” of the agrochemical registration processes.
Brazil Mapa Policy & Regulation

Brazil CTNBio partially OKs Monsanto GM maize

The Brazilian national technical biosafety commission, the CTNBio, has partially approved a Monsanto genetically modified stacked insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant maize.
CTNBio Input Traits
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Set Alert for Asia

China's top formulators up in 2017

Accumulated sales from China's top 50 pesticide formulation companies were 21.7% higher at Yuan 20,892.6 million ($3,294.6 million at the current rate) in 2017 than the previous year.


Australia to OK GM canola tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has concluded that proposed field tests on genetically modified stacked herbicide-tolerant and alerted oil content canola pose negligible risks to human health and the environment.

Australia Nufarm

China's top 100 sales up 40% in 2017

Accumulated sales at China's top 100 agrochemical companies were 40.4% higher at Yuan 154,257.4 million ($24,324.8 million) in 2017, reports the China Crop Protection Industry Association (CCPIA).

Chinese pesticide export value up 20% in 2017

China’s pesticide exports rose by 20.4% to $6,760 million in 2017 compared with the previous year, according to figures from the country’s Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals, Ministry of Agriculture (ICAMA).

Sumitomo opens global R&D site in Japan

Sumitomo Chemical has begun operations at its new global agrochemical research and development facility in Takarazuka, Japan.
Japan Operations

Bayer targets Australian seed treatment

Bayer’s Crop Science division expects to receive Australian approval for the fungicidal seed treatment, EverGol Energy (penflufen + prothioconazole + metalaxyl), this year.
Seed treatments Fungicides
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Set Alert for Australasia

Australia to OK GM canola tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has concluded that proposed field tests on genetically modified stacked herbicide-tolerant and alerted oil content canola pose negligible risks to human health and the environment.

Australia Nufarm

Bayer targets Australian seed treatment

Bayer’s Crop Science division expects to receive Australian approval for the fungicidal seed treatment, EverGol Energy (penflufen + prothioconazole + metalaxyl), this year.
Seed treatments Fungicides

More aphid resistance to neonics in Australia

There have been more cases of resistance to neonicotinoid insecticides in green peach aphids (GPA) in Australia, according to the Australian scientific research organisation, Cesar (Melbourne, Victoria). 

Australia approves DowDuPont’s Rinskor

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has approved DowDuPont’s herbicide, GF-3301 (florpyrauxifen-benzyl – trade-marked as Rinskor – 300 g/litre), for use on rice.
Herbicides & PGRs Australia

APVMA gains ICT investment

The Australian government is to invest Aus$10.1 million (US$7.8 million) in the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority’s (APVMA) digital strategy.
Australia APVMA

Australia to OK Arysta’s Amitron for sugar cane

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has proposed the approval of Platform Specialty Products agrochemical business Arysta LifeScience’s herbicide, Amitron 700WG (amicarbazone 70%).
Herbicides & PGRs Arysta LifeScience
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Middle East & Africa

Set Alert for Middle East and Africa

Ethiopia approves GM cotton

Ethiopia has approved the planting of genetically modified cotton.
Ethiopia Input Traits

Kenya to start GM cotton trials

Kenya is set to begin national trials on genetically modified cotton.
Kenya Input Traits

Swaziland OKs Bt cotton

Swaziland’s Environment Authority, the SEA, has approved for the first time the import and environmental release of genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cotton.
Swaziland Input Traits

Uganda President demands changes to Biosafety Bill

Uganda’s President has sent the Parliament-passed Biosafety Bill back to MPs.

Crop protection companies make strides across Africa

Africa is making steady progress towards agricultural transformation and many African countries have undergone dramatic change during the past decade.

Middle East and Africa

Algeria lifts its ban on the import of soft drink ingredients

The Algerian government has agreed to lift the ban on imported flavours and other ingredients for the manufacture of soft drinks.
European Food Law Traceability & Supply Chain
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Set Alert for Global

Syngenta/IVCC's new ai enters early development

A new insecticide active ingredient being developed by Syngenta with a novel mode of action to address resistance in the control of malaria vectors is entering the early development phase.
International R&D

Agchem companies pledge anti-malaria R&D support

Several agrochemical companies have pledged to support further research and development of malaria vector control.
International R&D

Global crop protection market flat in 2017

Global chemical-based crop protection sales inched up by 0.2% to $53,695 million at the distributor level in 2017, according to figures from Agrow parent company Informa’s seed and agrochemical consultancy, Phillips McDougall.
International Product

Agchem use risks falling in Brazil

The risks to health from pesticide use have been falling heavily in Brazil over the past decade and half.
Brazil International

Agrow's top ten most-read articles in 2017

Not surprisingly, articles related to news developments in the mega mergers and acquisitions going on within the crop protection industry during 2017 made up the bulk of Agrow’s top ten most-read articles in 2017.
International Operations

A peek into some new digital farming technologies

The latest in digital technologies were at the forefront in the Agritechnica exhibition held at Hanover, Germany from November 12th-18th. Agrow contributor Brian Hicks reports on some of the technologies that generated the most interest and received awards.

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