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MBI switches EU biopesticide application due to Brexit

The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI- Davis, California), has transferred its EU application for approval of the biofungicide, Sakalia (Reynoutria sachalinensis extract), from the UK to the Netherlands in response to the UK’s pending withdrawal from the EU. 
Biologicals Marrone Bio Innovations

EU issues further Brexit advice for biotech firms

The European Commission has issued further advice to biotechnology companies on the trade implications when the UK leaves the EU in 2019.

EU United Kingdom

Bayer challenges Russian FAS in court

Bayer has filed a lawsuit against the Russian Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) over its investigation of Bayer’s planned takeover of Monsanto.

Russian Federation FAS

Italy OKs temp use extension for Bayer's Velum Prime

Italy has granted a temporary use extension to Bayer Crop Science division’s nematicide, Velum Prime (fluopyram).
Italy Bayer Crop Science

Grain plantings looking stable in EU

Initial estimates of planting intentions indicate a “quite stable” EU crop area this year, but extreme weather events, low crop prices and high production costs are creating uncertainty about the final figures, warns European farmers’ group Copa-Cogeca.

Europe EU

BASF unveils Tessior in Spain

BASF has unveiled its preventive fungicide, Tessior (boscalid + pyraclostrobin - trade-marked as F500), in Spain.

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North America

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Senate Democrats propose plan to revive US agchem funding bill

US Senate Democrats will lift their hold on a pesticide funding bill if the legislation is amended to prevent the EPA from relaxing two worker protection rules approved by the Obama administration and to compel the Agency to defend its decision not to ban the insecticide, chlorpyrifos.

United States EPA

Canada to OK BioSafe’s OxiDate 2.0

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has proposed the approval of US company BioSafe Systems’ (East Hartford, Connecticut) fungicide/bactericide, OxiDate 2.0 (hydrogen peroxide + peroxyacetic acid). 
Canada PMRA

Court upholds US state of Arkansas' dicamba ban

A court in the US state of Arkansas has dismissed Monsanto's challenge of a state prohibition on the spraying of dicamba herbicide between April 16th and October 31st.
United States Monsanto

US EPA to hold spray drift webinar

The US EPA is to hold a webinar on strategies for managing pesticide spray drift. It is aimed at growers, pesticide applicators and other interested stakeholders who work with pesticides and pesticide application equipment. 
United States EPA

Monsanto seeks Canadian OK for MON88702 cotton

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada have notified receipt of an application from Monsanto for approval of its genetically modified insect-resistant MON88702 cotton. 
Canada Monsanto

US EPA settles with Amazon over illegal pesticide distribution

The US EPA has agreed a settlement with online retailer Amazon over allegations that Amazon committed nearly 4,000 violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). 
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South America

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Argentine govt advances agchem applications resolution

The Argentine government has progressed a resolution on policies governing the application of pesticide products.

Argentina

Argentina presents agchem container disposal rules

Argentine Minister of Agroindustry Luis Miguel Etchevehere has revealed the regulation of minimum budgets law 27,729 for empty pesticide container management.
Argentina

Brazil growers fear "wave" of taxes on agchems

Brazilian growers are reportedly concerned about a “new wave” of tax increases on agrochemicals due to a lawsuit that could result in the withdrawal of tax exemptions and benefits from the pesticide industry.
Brazil

Albaugh Brazil head predicts generics boom in Brazil

President of US agrochemical and specialty chemical company Albaugh’s Brazilian operation, Albaugh Brasil, Renato Seraphim believes that the M&A activity among the major agrochemical companies has created openings for Brazilian generic pesticide suppliers.
Brazil Albaugh

Brazil Senate panel OKs draft GMO label rule change

The Brazilian Senate’s agriculture select committee approved a draft bill last year that would remove the obligation to label packaging for the presence of genetically modified material at below 1% concentration. 
Brazil

Uruguayan atrazine use to end next month

All agricultural uses of the herbicide, atrazine, will end in Uruguay at the start of next month. 
Uruguay Herbicides & PGRs
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Asia

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Australia to audit agchem levy programme

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is to carry out an audit of industry levy payments received for sales of agrochemicals and veterinary medicines. 
Australia APVMA

Australia/New Zealand review NBTs

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has begun a review to consider whether foods produced using new breeding techniques (NBTs) should require pre-market approval like those produced using gene technology. 
Australia New Zealand

Australia OKs Syngenta GM cotton line

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved Syngenta’s genetically modified insect-resistant COT102 cotton. 
Australia Input Traits

Australia approves Nufarm’s DHA canola

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved Nufarm seed subsidiary Nuseed’s genetically modified DHA canola with improved fatty acid content. 
Australia Output Traits

Herbicide resistance stable in Western Australia

Preliminary data from weed analysis in Western Australia show that herbicide resistance in wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) and annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) has “not increased dramatically” since 2010. 
Australia Herbicides & PGRs

New Zealand mulls grass biocontrol agent

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority is considering an application to release the rust fungus, Uromyces pencanus, as a biological control agent against Chilean needle grass (Nassella neesiana).
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Australasia

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Australia to audit agchem levy programme

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is to carry out an audit of industry levy payments received for sales of agrochemicals and veterinary medicines. 
Australia APVMA

Australia/New Zealand review NBTs

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has begun a review to consider whether foods produced using new breeding techniques (NBTs) should require pre-market approval like those produced using gene technology. 
Australia New Zealand

Australia OKs Syngenta GM cotton line

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved Syngenta’s genetically modified insect-resistant COT102 cotton. 
Australia Input Traits

Australia approves Nufarm’s DHA canola

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved Nufarm seed subsidiary Nuseed’s genetically modified DHA canola with improved fatty acid content. 
Australia Output Traits

Herbicide resistance stable in Western Australia

Preliminary data from weed analysis in Western Australia show that herbicide resistance in wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) and annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) has “not increased dramatically” since 2010. 
Australia Herbicides & PGRs

New Zealand mulls grass biocontrol agent

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority is considering an application to release the rust fungus, Uromyces pencanus, as a biological control agent against Chilean needle grass (Nassella neesiana).
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Middle East & Africa

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Namibia opens first GMO lab

Namibia has opened a laboratory for testing genetically modified products.

Namibia

Syngenta opens seed facility in Kenya

Syngenta (owned by ChemChina) has opened a seed research facility in Ruiru, Kenya.
Kenya Syngenta

Rwanda prepares draft GMO legislation

The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has drafted a law governing the country’s genetically modified organisms.
Rwanda

Eastman files nematicide applications

US specialty chemical company Eastman (Kingsport, Tennessee) has submitted approval applications for the micro-encapsulated nematicide, Cedroz (geraniol + thymol), that it is developing with UK company Eden Research (Cirencester, Gloucestershire). 
Insecticides Europe

Bayer opens Mozambique office

Bayer has opened an office in Maputo, Mozambique.

Bayer Crop Science Mozambique

African call for glyphosate precautionary principle

African scientists have called for the application of the precautionary principle on the herbicide, glyphosate, newswire SciDev reports. 
Middle East and Africa Policy & Regulation
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Global

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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.

International

Study predicts outcome of potential glyphosate ban

A study by UK and US researchers predicts that global restrictions on the use of glyphosate herbicide would result in annual farm income losses of some $6,757 million. 
International Herbicides & PGRs

Seven new ISO agchem names OK'd

The ISO Technical Committee on Common Names for Pesticides has provisionally approved seven new active ingredient names, of which five come from Japanese companies. 

International Product

CGIAR disease diagnosis app receives funding

A smartphone app developed by the global research partnership, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research’s (CGIAR), programme on roots, tubers and bananas has won a $100,000 award.
International Research
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