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  • The herbicide is approved immediately for use in six states, and the EPA is evaluating expansion to additional states. "EPA has not followed the law," said Greg Loarie, an attorney with Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law organization that is evaluating legal action to try to stop the commercialization of Enlist Duo. Loarie said EPA also failed to fully...

  • In announcing the decision, EPA said it had thoroughly evaluated the risks, including those for endangered species, that come with what is expected to be a large increase in the use of the chemical agent 2,4- D, which is an active ingredient of Enlist Duo. "EPA has not followed the law," said Greg Loarie, an attorney with Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law...

  • EPA said it was applying "first-time-ever restrictions" on its approval of the herbicide, called Enlist Duo, which is designed to be used with new genetically modified crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical. EPA said the approval lays out a template of new requirements for future approvals of herbicides designed for use with genetically...

  • EPA said that it was applying "first-time ever restrictions" to its approval of the new herbicide, called Enlist Duo, which is designed to be used with new genetically modified crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical.

  • EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4- D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940 s. The EPA said in a release that the agency's decision reflects a large body of science and that officials used "highly conservative and protective assumptions to evaluate human health and ecological risks."

  • Oct 8- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported a narrower fourth-quarter loss on Wednesday and said it sees continued growth in the new fiscal year on sales of corn and soybean seeds. Monsanto, known for its genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops as well as the popular Roundup herbicide, forecast earnings in a range of $5.75 to $6.00...

  • The claim by Eco Agro Resources came in a court filing in U.S. District Court in North Carolina in early September in response to an August patent infringement lawsuit against it by Koch Agronomic Services.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 23- Russia's Uralkali, the world's largest potash producer, expects volumes to China to remain flat or rise slightly in the first half of 2015, the company's head of sales told Reuters. Potash prices are gradually recovering after Uralkali broke a powerful trading alliance with Belarus in 2013.. Uralkali's contract with India lasts until February.

  • TORONTO, Sept 18- Shareholder activism is likely to gather momentum in the Canadian energy industry in the coming months, sparked by some poor stock performance, the success of past campaigns and growing support from large institutional investors.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept 3- A pickup in fertilizer demand has brightened the outlook for North American potash companies who suffered through plunging prices and profits after a European trading consortium collapsed in 2013..

  • Aug 25- A group of global biotech crop companies won a court victory on Monday that blocks enactment of a law passed last year limiting the planting of biotech crops and use of pesticides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

  • Aug 6- U.S. regulators on Tuesday said they are leaning toward approval of a new line of herbicide-tolerant crops developed by Monsanto Co even though they could increase problematic weed resistance for farmers. St. Louis- based Monsanto, said the APHIS move was "a noteworthy sign of progress."

  • Neonic insecticides widespread in Iowa waters -study Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday.

  • Net earnings for the world's biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization fell to $472 million, or 56 cents per share, from $643 million, or 73 cents per share, a year earlier. Potash Corp had forecast 40 cents to 45 cents. Potash Corp raised its estimate of 2014 earnings to a range of $1.70 to $1.90 per share from a prior forecast of $1.50 to $1.80.

  • Potash Corp profit falls, but tops company's outlook Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    Net earnings for the world's biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization fell to $472 million, or 56 cents per share, from $643 million, or 73 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • July 22- Chemicals maker DuPont forecast lower-than-expected operating earnings for the current quarter and warned of a loss in its agriculture unit as weak farm sales constrain both profit and revenue. DuPont has made a big push into agriculture, energy and specialty materials to insulate itself from more volatile businesses.

  • Brazil approves new pesticide to combat coffee beetle Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    SAO PAULO, July 18- Brazil's government approved the use of pesticides with the active ingredient cyantraniliprole to fight the coffee borer beetle, a note published in the country's Official Gazette said on Friday.

  • July 8- California regulators violated the law by approving expanded use of pesticides that have been shown to hurt honeybees needed for pollinating key American crops, according to a lawsuit filed against the state by environmental groups on Tuesday.

  • July 3- Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC said it planned to ask PetSmart Inc to explore a sale, sending the pet product retailer's shares up 15 percent. Jana Partners reported a 9.9 percent stake in PetSmart in a regulatory filing, making it the company's largest shareholder.

  • SYDNEY, July 3- When it comes to resolving a big global food problem, a new breed of farmers and their financial backers are thinking small.