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CROP SCIENCE

Corteva facing farmworker lawsuits over chlorpyrifos

Attorneys representing farmworkers who have sued Corteva Agriscience for alleged harm from the insecticide, chlorpyrifos, say that they will soon expand their litigation against the company. The litigation comes in the wake of the Trump administration’s sustained effort to keep chlorpyrifos on the market despite growing concerns about the neurological harm posed by the insecticide.

Agrow's Crop Science Awards 2020 – shortlisted applications

An overview of the applications shortlisted for Agrow’s Crop Science Awards 2020, to be held virtually on 4 November.

Syngenta, sharing weather-related risks with farmers

Farmers are facing increasing risks linked to climate change in their operations due to climate change. But through its AgriClime offering, Syngenta and farmers share their weather-related risks. Thanks to the technology farmers can invest with confidence in Syngenta’s technology, no matter the weather.

FMC interview: Technology is the cornerstone of our growth plan

FMC’s new president and chief executive officer, Mark Douglas, talks about his vision and strategy for the company’s growth.

Syngenta interview: If there's going to be a crisis, decide to manage it early

Syngenta’s head global supply & HSEQ, Mike Hollands, discusses the company’s response to the global supply chain disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

US Court considers latest bid to force EPA ban on chlorpyrifos

The US Trump administration broke the law when it abandoned a US EPA plan to revoke food tolerances for chlorpyrifos and should be compelled to ban the insecticide, environmentalists, farmworker advocates and several states have told an appeals court.

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ANIMAL HEALTH

ASF could cost China up to $120 billion, claims Asian Development Bank

China will lose $50-120 billion as a result of African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks and related culls, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). An additional $5-10bn could be lost in countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia – taking total losses in the Greater Mekong region to as much as $130bn.

Domestic animal health firms witness share price surge as China displays economic vigor

China Animal Husbandry Industry Company (CAHIC) saw it shares peak at around CNY20.50 ($3) each last month. The firm has been publicly listed since 1999. According to Bloomberg data, China's stock market value has hit a record high of more than $10 trillion on the back of the country's strong economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSAVA stresses no new evidence of COVID-19 transmission from pets

Experts have stressed there is no new evidence of COVID-19 virus transmission from pets to people. During a recent webinar hosted by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), speakers highlighted animals that have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 have displayed only mild symptoms and there is no evidence of transmission from a companion animal to a new human.

First phase of Elanco's restructuring to cut over 900 positions

Elanco will eliminate around 9% of its workforce in the first wave of restructuring following its purchase of Bayer Animal Health. Around 900 positions will be cut across nearly 40 countries. While the reductions will primarily target sales and marketing, they will also impact R&D, manufacturing, quality, and back office support.

Technology is readily available to help animal health in its sustainability quest

All the tools and technologies needed to take animal health to the next level of sustainability are already available, according to several industry experts. There is a real sense of urgency across the livestock production industry to improve sustainability and animal welfare, says Jeroen Van De Ven – chief operating officer at Allflex Livestock Intelligence. Van De Ven suggested building consumer trust through technology will go some way to solving this issue.

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FERTILIZERS
UMG invests $11 million in Ukranian Mineral Fertilizers

Recycling Solutions from the portfolio of the UMG Investments of the SCM Group has announced the opening of the Ukrainian Mineral Fertilizers complex, the main product of which is nitrogen-sulfur and multiple-nutrient fertilizers based on AS, in the city of Kryvy Rih, where over $11 million was invested.

Reward Minerals granted approval for Potash Project

Rewards Minerals Ltd announced that the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has granted environmental approval for the Lake Disappointment Potash Project.

Kalium Lakes on track to deliver first production in 2021

Kalium Lakes issued a press release 6 October, announcing that it has reached nameplate capacity at its brine extraction and supply infrastructure at the Beyondie sulphate of potash (SOP) project in Western Australia.

Belarus for the first time supplies MOP to China over Northern Sea Route

BPC has, for the first time, supplied its product to China via the Northern Sea Route, the company announced via a press release issued 5 October.