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UK rejects emergency use application on two neonics

The UK has rejected applications for emergency authorisation of two neonicotinoid insecticide-based seed treatment products for use on sugar beet in 2019.
United Kingdom Insecticides

EU sets withdrawal schedule for thiram and treated seed

The European Commission has set phase-out schedules for the fungicide, thiram, and seed treated with the active ingredient, following the decision not to renew its EU approval.
Europe EU

EU sets phase-out dates for pymetrozine

The European Commission has instructed EU member states to withdraw approvals for products based on the insecticide, pymetrozine, by April 30th 2019, with any grace period for existing stocks to expire by January 30th 2020.
Europe EU

EU rules on application rates used in biocide assessment

EU member states conducting assessments for biocide product approvals cannot accept discrepancies between application rates used in efficacy studies and rates used in exposure assessments, says the European Commission.
Europe EU

EFSA consultation on agchem water tests

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has opened a public consultation on a draft report on proposed changes to the FOCUS surface water scenarios used in agrochemical assessments.
Europe EU

EU REACH decisions to be sent to all co-registrants

Decisions on the non-compliance of EU chemical registration dossiers are to be sent to all co-registrants of a substance, rather than the current practice of addressing lead registrants, says the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
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North America

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US peach grower's dicamba complaint moves forward

A US federal judge has agreed to keep a dicamba drift lawsuit brought by a Missouri peach farmer against Bayer legacy company Monsanto and BASF separate from an array of class actions filed by soybean farmers whose crops were allegedly harmed by the herbicide.

United States Herbicides & PGRs

Judge set to reverse $289 million jury award in glyphosate cancer case

A California state judge looks set to overturn a jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who alleged that Bayer legacy company Monsanto failed to warn him of the potential cancer risks from its glyphosate-based herbicides.
United States Legal

Court stays USDA GMO disclosure lawsuit

A federal court has stayed litigation contesting the USDA's failure to meet a statutory deadline to finalise the federal GMO disclosure standard.
United States USDA

US residue compliance over 99% in 2016

Some 99.1 % of domestic food samples tested by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in fiscal 2016 (ended September 30th) complied with pesticide tolerances, according to a report issued this month.

United States FDA

Dow supports appeal of US court-ordered chlorpyrifos ban

DowDuPont legacy business Dow AgroSciences is urging the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reconsider a decision by a three-judge panel that orders the EPA to revoke food tolerances for chlorpyrifos and cancel all registered uses of the insecticide.
Dow AgroSciences DowDuPont

Canada reissues mancozeb proposal

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Authority (PMRA) has proposed the cancellation of all uses of the ethylene bisdithiocarbamate (EBDC) fungicide, mancozeb, except for use on greenhouse tobacco, due to human health and environmental risk concerns.

Canada PMRA
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South America

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Brazil Cade approves UPL takeover of Arysta

The Brazilian competition authority, the Cade, has approved UPL’s proposed takeover of Platform Specialty Products agrochemical business, Arysta LifeScience, according to legal newswire Latin Lawyer. 
Brazil Arysta LifeScience

Brazilian growers edge towards soybeans

The planting of major summer and winter crops is shifting slightly towards soybeans this year in Brazil and is to total 61.9-63.1 million ha.
Brazil

Brazilian agronomists empowered to advise on tank mixture use

Agronomists in Brazil will have the responsibility for recommending applications of tank mixture agrochemicals.
Brazil Policy & Regulation

Brazilian Senate analyses series of bills on agchem policy

A series of draft bills lies before the Brazilian Senate that could change various aspects of agrochemical regulations.
Brazil Policy & Regulation

Brazilian soybean swap relationship for agchems turning positive

The real cost relationship between soybean produce and inputs such as agrochemicals is turning positive in Brazil.

Brazil

Argentina orders phase-out of five ais

The Argentine plant and animal health inspection service, the Senasa, has ordered bans on five agrochemical active ingredients.

Argentina Insecticides
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Asia

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US tariffs force Albaugh to raise prices

US agrochemical and specialty chemical company, Albaugh (Ankeny, Iowa), has raised product prices following US President Trump administration’s imposition last month of an extra 10% tariff on imports of a long list of products from China.

United States China

New Zealand mulls biocontrol agent

The New Zealand government research organisation, Scion, has applied to the country’s Environmental Protection Authority for the release of the parasitoid wasp, Eadya daenerys, for the biological control of eucalyptus tortoise beetles (Paropsis charybdis) on eucalyptus trees.
New Zealand Biopesticides

Australia debuts new labelling against 2,4-D drift

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has introduced new labelling for the phenoxy herbicide, 2,4-D, aimed at reducing the risk of spray drift damage.
Australia APVMA

South Australia to review GM crop ban

The government of the Australian state of South Australia has appointed economist and agriculture policy analyst Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson to undertake an independent review of the state's moratorium on genetically modified crops.

Australia Policy & Regulation

New Zealand OKs weed biocontrols

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority has approved an application to release two moth species as biocontrol agents against the weed, horehound (Marrubium vulgare).
New Zealand Biopesticides

New Zealand OKs weed biocontrols

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority has approved an application to release two moth species as biocontrol agents against the weed, horehound (Marrubium vulgare).

New Zealand Biologicals
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Australasia

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New Zealand mulls biocontrol agent

The New Zealand government research organisation, Scion, has applied to the country’s Environmental Protection Authority for the release of the parasitoid wasp, Eadya daenerys, for the biological control of eucalyptus tortoise beetles (Paropsis charybdis) on eucalyptus trees.
New Zealand Biopesticides

Australia debuts new labelling against 2,4-D drift

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has introduced new labelling for the phenoxy herbicide, 2,4-D, aimed at reducing the risk of spray drift damage.
Australia APVMA

South Australia to review GM crop ban

The government of the Australian state of South Australia has appointed economist and agriculture policy analyst Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson to undertake an independent review of the state's moratorium on genetically modified crops.

Australia Policy & Regulation

New Zealand OKs weed biocontrols

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority has approved an application to release two moth species as biocontrol agents against the weed, horehound (Marrubium vulgare).
New Zealand Biopesticides

New Zealand OKs weed biocontrols

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority has approved an application to release two moth species as biocontrol agents against the weed, horehound (Marrubium vulgare).

New Zealand Biologicals

Australian summer crop areas to fall

The area planted with summer crops in Australia is forecast to fall by 19.6% to 1.1 million acres in the 2018/19 season.
Australia
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Middle East & Africa

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Burkina Faso OKs release of anti-malaria GM mosquitoes

The Burkina Faso government has approved the release of genetically modified mosquitoes for the control of malaria.

Burkina Faso Input Traits

Nigerian govt to provide training to Bt cotton growers

The Nigerian government has launched a programme to aid cotton farmers to grow genetically modified insect-resistant cotton.
Nigeria Input Traits

Nigerian court dismisses case against Bt cotton approval

Nigeria’s National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has won a case brought against it by the Nigerian environmentalist group, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), over an approval for the commercial release of genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cotton in Nigeria.
Nigeria Insect Resistance

Nigeria approves first Bt cotton varieties

Nigeria has approved its first genetically modified cotton products.
Nigeria Product Approvals

Additional controls placed on Egypt's strawberries by EU withdrawn

The EU has rescinded the additional import controls imposed on Egyptian strawberries after Egypt introduced “very rigorous” control standards for its exported products, said Egyptian agriculture ministry spokesman Ahram.

Europe Middle East and Africa

South African co-operative to enter tomato paste market

Bathwali Bentuthuko Co-operative Ltd is to build a tomato paste factory 50 kilometres south of Durban. It will produce both hot break and cold break product.

Canned & Tomato Products Tomato Paste
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Global

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Podcast: Seed market in 2017

In this episode in Agrow’s new series of podcasts, Sanjiv Rana talks with Phillips McDougall’s senior business analyst for seeds, Yuanjie Su, about developments in the global seed industry during 2017.
International North America

Global crop protection market up 3% in 2017

The global market for conventional crop protection products grew by 2.5% to $54,219 million at the distributor level in 2017, according to figures from Phillips McDougall.
International Fungicides

Global GM seed market up 5% in 2017

The global traded crop seed market, excluding seed that has been farmer saved or supplied by governments/institutions, increased by 3.9% in 2017 to reach $38,429 million at the ex-manufacturer level.
International Output Traits

Global GM crop area up 2.5% in 2017

The global area planted with genetically modified crops rose by 2.5% to 189.8 million ha in 2017, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).

International Input Traits

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
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