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China approves ChemChina/Sinochem restructuring

China has approved the restructuring of the two state-owned chemical companies, Sinochem Group and ChemChina Group. Under the joint restructuring plan, the equity interests of Sinochem and ChemChina will be owned by a newly-incorporated company (the “New Holding Company”), which will be established and wholly owned by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission on behalf of the State Council.

EU court refuses suspension of mancozeb phase-out

An EU court has refused a request from Indofil for the phaseout of the fungicide mancozeb to be suspended in the region until a lawsuit contesting its nonrenewal is resolved. Indofil had asked for interim relief on the basis that mancozeb is a major product for the company. However, in a ruling in March, the General Court of the European Court of Justice said that the company did not establish the seriousness or irreparable nature of the damage alleged in its case.

US farm groups press EPA to reregister chlorpyrifos

The American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 30 other ag groups are urging the Biden administration not to ban chlorpyrifos, warning that failure to renew the registration of the organophosphate insecticide “could lead to catastrophic yield losses” for growers across the US. They also contend that the EPA has overestimated the potential harm from exposure to very low levels of chlorpyrifos via food and drinking water, while also underestimating the economic benefits to farmers.

ISO approves 14 new pesticide names

The ISO Technical Committee on Common Names for Pesticides has provisionally approved 14 new active ingredient names. Those include seven herbicides, five fungicides, one insecticide, and one plant growth regulator.

Corteva to pull its dicamba herbicide from North American markets

Corteva Agriscience is to discontinue sales of its herbicide, FeXapan (dicamba), in the US and Canada. The product, along with other dicamba-based herbicides, has been embroiled in legal disputes over alleged damage from spray drift.

FMC/UPL agree collaboration on chlorantraniliprole

FMC and UPL have agreed a strategic collaboration for FMC’s insecticide, chlorantraniliprole (trade-marked as Rynaxypyr). Under the multi-year agreement, FMC will provide UPL access to chlorantraniliprole-based products for distribution in select markets prior to patent expiration. In the future, FMC will supply the active ingredient to UPL for use in product formulations developed and marketed by UPL globally.

EU conditionally approves Mitsui's Belchim acquisition

The European Commission has conditionally approved Japanese company Mitsui & Co’s planned acquisition of a controlling interest in Belgian company Belchim Crop Protection. Mitsui agreed to the acquisition in December 2019. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Mitsui.

US growers call on EPA to reapprove chlorpyrifos

US fruit, vegetable, and sunflower growers are pressing the EPA to reregister chlorpyrifos, arguing that the organophosphate insecticide is a critical crop protection tool and that alternatives are costly and less effective. Comments sent to the EPA by the Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, and the National Sunflower Association lay out support for continued use of chlorpyrifos, with the groups telling the agency that the insecticide can be used safely.

Bayer sued by shareholders over Monsanto acquisition

German law firms representing Bayer shareholders are suing the company for what it claims was a failure to warn shareholders adequately of the risks from pending lawsuits against Bayer’s acquisition target Monsanto.

Court denies US EPA call to remand sulfoxaflor registration

A federal appeals court has handed a victory to environmentalists challenging the EPA’s registration of the insecticide, sulfoxaflor.

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.

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