Agribusiness

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CROP SCIENCE

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.

Ag interests back appeal of dicamba ban

US farm groups are rallying behind the pesticide industry’s bid to overturn a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to vacate the registrations of three dicamba herbicides. They argue that the products are vital to soybean and cotton farmers and that the Court has overstepped its authority.

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ANIMAL HEALTH

Kings of convenience: Chewy and Petco highlight why e-commerce rules in 2020

The latest developments at Chewy and Petco have further underlined how important and increasingly competitive online retail has become in 2020. Chewy has issued extremely strong first-half results, whereas Petco is eyeing a sale or initial public offering (IPO) in 2021.

Podcast: Has COVID-19 transformed animal health's growth prospects?

In this podcast, Stonehaven’s Arthur Redpath and Peter McCarthy further underline how the pandemic has affected the sector – from its initial drawbacks to the acceleration of certain trends such as the utilization of digital technology and growing consumer influence.

McKinsey suggests farmer skepticism of online purchasing is decreasing during pandemic

The trend of European farmers rarely going online to buy feed additives could be declining, according to McKinsey. While farmers in Europe are early adopters in the areas of yield improvement, sustainability and animal welfare, McKinsey suggested their general view of online purchasing has previously been skeptical.

Oasmia considers divestment of companion animal cancer drugs

Swedish cancer drug developer Oasmia Pharmaceutical is assessing strategic options for its animal health business. The firm said it will consider partnering, licensing and divestment of its animal health pipeline, which features two under-development companion animal oncology drugs.

IDEXX points out diagnostic trends in sharp global recovery for vet clinics

IDEXX Laboratories has highlighted the role veterinary diagnostics are playing in the companion animal market’s ongoing robust recovery. The company has emphasized the stronger-than-expected comeback being witnessed by vet clinics that are moving back to normal levels of revenues, after the early stages of COVID-19 notably reduced visits.

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FERTILIZERS
Belaruskali resumes potash production at mines following unrest

Unrest in Belarus continued into September following the presidential election in early August. The strike committee leader at Belaruskali was detained and sentenced to 15 days in jail on 1 September.

Vale yet to find buyer for its New Caledonia mine

Vale has issued a statement that following a lack of agreement over the sale of its New Caledonia mine and Prony smelter assets, it will now begin to place the operations under care and maintenance if a new buyer is not found.

Ammonia production in Indonesia resumes after downtime

Panca Amara Utama (PAU) was reported to have resumed production at its ammonia plant after an extended downtime in the w/c 7 September.

China awards tenders for the management of fertilizer reserves

China state planner and the Finance Ministry have jointly awarded tenders for management of 10 million metric ton (MMt) chemical fertilizer reserves. The National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance had earlier announced implementation of new nationwide measures for the management of fertilizer reserves from 1 September in a bid to ensure national food security.