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US EPA hit with lawsuit challenging dicamba registrations

The US EPA’s decision to re-register the herbicide, dicamba, for over-the-top use has prompted a coalition of environmentalists and farmers to file a suit, alleging – once again – that the Agency has failed to fully consider the potential risks from the herbicide.

EU glyphosate renewal timeline and process outlined

The five-year renewal given to the active ingredient in 2017 is due to expire on December 15th 2022. Various steps involved in the EU renewal process for the herbicide, glyphosate, and the tentative timeline has been outlined in a webinar conducted by the Glyphosate Renewal Group (GRG) comprising nine agrochemical companies.

Mexico issues draft decree to phase out glyphosate and GM maize use

Mexico issued a decree last week proposing to phase-out the use of glyphosate herbicide and genetically modified maize for human consumption in Mexico. The decree states that use of glyphosate would be phased out over the next four years, although the herbicide would not be used in any government-sponsored program during the transition period.

Sumitomo views major investments in Brazil

The company has distribution agreements with companies “with whom it has strong relationships”. However, it will invest in expanding its own sales and technology development teams.

Interview: At BASF, our target is not only to produce more, but also to produce better

BASF Agricultural Solution’s senior vice-president for regulatory, sustainability and public affairs, Dirk Voeste, talks with Sanjiv Rana, editor-in-chief at IHS Markit's Crop Science News Reporting (formerly Agrow), to discuss the company’s outlook on sustainable solutions, digital agriculture and stewardship.

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Review 2020: COVID-19 rips up animal health rule book and presents whole new landscape

2020 will always be remembered for the global struggle against COVID-19. While animal health was initially impacted by the pandemic and the consequences still reverberate, the sector has turned necessity into invention with 2020 becoming a new year zero for many growth trends. IHS Markit Animal Health editor Joseph Harvey looks at how the industry experienced reinvention and retained its future promise.

Podcast: Experts emphasize early-stage opportunities for animal health fundraising

The latest IHS Markit Animal Health podcast sees editor Joseph Harvey broach the world of start-up fundraising with two industry experts. In the podcast below, Julia Stephanus and Amanda Burkardt give various insights into the investment options available for animal health start-ups.

IDEXX: Animal health testing capabilities underestimated in fight against COVID-19

Veterinary diagnostic expertise could have been utilized more by local authorities to understand and combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to Serge Leterme – vice president of innovation, regulatory and public affairs for IDEXX Laboratories’ livestock, poultry and dairy division.

BioTraceIT commercializes monitor to visualize animal pain signals

Canadian business BioTraceIT has introduced a tool that enables veterinarians and researchers to objectively visualize animal pain in real time. The company has launched its PainTrace wearable device in the United States and Canada, with a field-based sales team.

Two markets collide: Animal health and nutrition are becoming one and the same

The role of animal nutrition, and in particular the use of feed additives, in animal health is stronger than ever. IHS Markit Animal Health correspondent Emmy Koeleman takes a closer look at the major companies that may now be considered leading players in an ever-expanding animal care sector.

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Highfield Resources provides update on Muga potash project

Highfield Resources (Pamplona, Spain), in a press release on 21 December, provided an update on its Muga potash project. It reports the engineering and design of its Muga project has progressed in line with its internal plan, and the company is ready to issue all necessary documentation to its construction partner.

BCI Minerals gets $450M NAIF loan approval for Mardie Salt & Potash Project

BCI Minerals Limited (BCI, Perth, Australia) has announced that the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) Board has made an investment decision to approve a loan facility the Mardie Salt & Potash Project, subject to certain conditions.

Protests hinder copper shipments in Peru

Prolonged protests by the local community have hindered the copper concentrate shipment from the Las Bambas copper mine.

Vale signs a binding put option agreement to formalize sale of New Caledonia

Vale issued a press release 9 December, stating that its subsidiary Vale Canada Limited has signed a binding put option agreement for the sale of its ownership interest in Vale Nouvelle-Calédonie S.A.S. (VNC).

Nutrien to increase liquid fertilizer capacity

A new bulk liquid fertilizer storage facility being constructed at Kwinana is expected to improve grower access to a competitive and reliable supply of UAN (urea ammonium nitrate).

Glencore aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

Glencore plans to cut 40% of total emissions by 2035 as it aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The diversified commodity producer said it would prioritise investments in metals such as cobalt, nickel and copper would contribute to the transition to the low-carbon transition.

Fertilizer shipments in Southeast Asia reportedly delayed as typhoons hit parts of the region

There are reports of shipment delays in Southeast Asia as strong typhoons swept across parts of Southeast Asia, while the impact on fertilizer demand is yet to be seen amid the seasonal lull in the region’s local markets.

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