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  • WATERLOO, Iowa, Dec 23- Matt Happel and Pam Egli are first cousins, part of a sprawling family so big it rents a church hall for Christmas parties. Happel, now a 40- year-old divorced father of three, was laid off in April from Deere& Co.' s transmission factory in Waterloo, where he earned $21 an hour on the assembly line. The Iowa cousins' Wall Street connection is a single,...

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK/ PARIS, Dec 18- Louis Dreyfus Commodities is seeking buyers for its orange juice and fertiliser units as the global merchant focuses on higher-margin activities, sources said, the latest firm to take steps to weather weak commodity markets. The vast juice operations- one of the world's biggest- include seven processing factories in Brazil, the...

  • Dec 9- A potential $130 billion merger of Dow Chemical Co and DuPont could prompt a renewed flurry of takeover bids for European rivals with Switzerland's Syngenta AG the most likely target. Syngenta, the world's largest agrochemicals company, fended off a $47 billion offer from U.S. group Monsanto in August and reportedly rejected a $42 billion pursuit by...

  • Dow Chemical and DuPont in mega-merger talks: Sources Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 2:45 PM ET
    The production plant for high density polyethylene of Dow Chemical in Tessenderlo.

    Dow Chemical and DuPont are expected to announce a merger of equals by Thursday, sources told CNBC.

  • CHICAGO, Dec 7- A panel of scientists is disputing a World Health Organization report published earlier this year that concluded glyphosate, the world's most widely used weed killer and main ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans. The 16- member panel, assembled by Intertek Scientific& Regulatory Consultancy, will...

  • Weather satellite startup will launch on Indian rocket Thursday, 3 Dec 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec 3- A Maryland- based startup developing a satellite network to predict weather using radio signals will launch its first two spacecraft on an Indian rocket, the company said on Thursday. Privately owned PlanetiQ signed a contract with Antrix Corp Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization, to launch the pair of...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 2- Syngenta AG on Wednesday cleared one U.S. regulatory hurdle toward domestic marketing of corn seeds containing a trait that is genetically engineered to resist weed killers including glyphosate. Syngenta "may freely move and plant this crop without APHIS permits or additional regulatory oversight from us," he said. Syngenta must still complete...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 30- Dow Chemical Co has struck a deal to sell a part of its global herbicide business, as low crop prices continue to drive talk of consolidation in the agriculture industry. Dow on Monday said it agreed to sell a portfolio of weed killers known as dinitroanilines to privately held Gowan Company. The farm sector is struggling to cope with falling crop...

  • With an era of cheap government farm credit ending as Brazil tries to curb runaway spending, farmers are seeking different ways to pay for fertilizer and equipment, potentially doubling the share of barter-based financing to 40 percent of the cost of the nation's crops, the most in at least a decade. For merchants, such as Cargill and CHS Inc, the largest U.S....

  • With an era of cheap government farm credit ending as Brazil tries to curb runaway spending, farmers are seeking different ways to pay for fertilizer and equipment, potentially doubling the share of barter-based financing to 40 percent of the cost of the nation's crops, the most in at least a decade. For merchants, such as Cargill and CHS Inc, the largest U.S....

  • The EPA wants to study the product further after it found that the company's Dow AgroSciences unit claimed the two active ingredients work better together, according to court documents. "The information suggests that EPA's analysis may have understated the phytotoxicity of the product," the EPA said in the court filing. Dow Chemical said it has sent the EPA all...

  • Nov 25- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking court approval to withdraw registration of Dow Chemical Co's new herbicide "Enlist Duo" due to high toxicity levels.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 25- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking court approval to withdraw registration of Dow Chemical Co's new herbicide Enlist Duo, as the agency studies new information regarding the product's impact on non-target plants, according to court documents filed late Tuesday. Enlist Duo, developed by Dow Chemical's Dow AgroSciences unit,...

  • Nov 25- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it had revoked the registration of Dow Chemical Co's new herbicide Enlist Duo due to its effect on non-target plants. Dow Chemical's shares were down 2.4 percent at $52.04 in midday trading. Dow Chemical said it was working with the EPA to provide further assurances for Enlist.

  • EPA withdraws registration for Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    Nov 25- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has revoked the registration of Dow Chemical Co's new herbicide "Enlist Duo" due to high toxicity levels.

  • FARIDABAD, India, Nov 20- Millions of unsuspecting Indian farmers are spraying fake pesticides onto their fields, contaminating soil, cutting crop yields and putting both food security and human health at risk in the country of 1.25 billion people. The use of spurious pesticides has exacerbated losses in the genetically modified cotton crop in northern India...

  • *Monsanto says confirms regulatory opinion glyphosate safe. The EFSA advises EU policymakers and its conclusion could pave the way for the 28- member European Union to renew approval for glyphosate, which was brought into use by Monsanto in the 1970 s and is used in its top selling product Roundup as well as in many other herbicides around the world.

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 12- The European Food Safety Authority on Thursday said glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto weedkiller Roundup, was unlikely to cause cancer in humans, but it proposed new controls on any residues in food. EFSA advises EU policymakers and its conclusion will be used by the European Commission to decide whether to extend the current...

  • DuPont holding talks with Syngenta and Dow Chemical Friday, 6 Nov 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    DuPont holding talks with Syngenta and Dow Chemical

    DuPont is holding talks with Syngenta and Dow Chemical for a potential deal, as the agriculture world struggles with lower crop prices and profits.

  • Nov 3- Fertilizer sales look to slide through the rest of the year, U.S. producer Mosaic Co said on Tuesday, as greater shipments into key markets by rivals in Belarus and China boost competition. Fertilizer prices have fallen as the strong U.S. dollar makes phosphate and potash more expensive in export markets such as Brazil and India. At the same time, Chinese...