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Dicamba, EPA lawsuit

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

Sumitomo 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.

US Ninth Circuit denies request to reconsider Enlist Duo lawsuit

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit last week rejected a bid by environmentalists to reconsider their challenge of the EPA’s registration of Corteva Agriscience’s Enlist Duo (glyphosate + 2,4-D choline) herbicide, effectively ending the six-year legal dispute.

BASF commits to sustainable ag targets

BASF has set itself “clear and measurable” targets to boost sustainable agriculture by 2030. The company’s Agricultural Solutions division will annually increase its sales share of solutions with a “substantial” sustainability contribution by 7%. The company will also bring digital technologies to more than 400 million ha of farmland and continue stewardship programmes to ensure the safe use of its products. BASF aims to help farmers achieve a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions per tonne of crop produced.

US EPA finds that glyphosate may affect endangered species

A new draft biological evaluation from the US EPA finds that the herbicide, glyphosate, “is likely to adversely affect a significant percent of endangered species and critical habitats”. The draft assessment, which has been issued for a 60-day public comment period, is the next step in the EPA’s ongoing regulatory review of the active ingredient.

Rapid growth of biologicals sector drives the need for accurate data

The crop protection biologicals sector covers both biological control agents (BCAs) for the control of pests, diseases and weeds, better known as biopesticides, and bio-stimulants, which stimulate natural processes in plants to enhance nutrient uptake and efficiency, tolerance to environmental stress and crop quality.

Winners revealed for Crop Science Awards 2020

Corteva Agriscience and FMC featured as winners of two major categories each at the Crop Science Awards, the ceremony for which was held virtually today (November 4th). The 13th chapter of the event, considered the most prestigious of its kind within the crop protection industry, saw some of the biggest players in the field participating in a live webcast to celebrate the achievements of industry peers.

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.

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.
"Like other global companies, we began to address the impact of this virus back in early January when FMC teams in China were facing the initial outbreak. We learned a lot from those early days, from how to safely maintain production operations and keep our supply chain intact, to figuring out how to preserve business continuity when many employees had begun to work from home."

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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