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  • 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.

  • June 26- Chemicals maker DuPont cut its operating profit forecast for the second quarter and the full year, saying sales in its agriculture and performance chemicals units increased at a slower pace than it had expected. DuPont has been focusing on its agriculture business, its biggest, for the past few quarters.

  • U.S. retailers look to limit pesticides to help honeybees Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    June 25- Home Depot and other U.S. companies are working to eliminate or limit use of a type of pesticide suspected of helping cause dramatic declines in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, officials said on Wednesday.

  • *Syngenta declines to comment on report of Monsanto talks. ZURICH, June 24- Syngenta's shares jumped on Tuesday after a media report that the Swiss crop chemical maker had been in talks about a $40 billion takeover by U.S. rival Monsanto Co to create the world's largest agrochemical company.

  • *Syngenta declines to comment on report of Monsanto talks. ZURICH, June 24- Syngenta's shares jumped on Tuesday after a media report the Swiss crop chemicals maker had been in talks about a $40 billion takeover by U.S. rival Monsanto Co. to create the world's largest agrochemicals company.

  • LONDON, June 24- European stocks fell on Tuesday after a survey found German business morale was flagging, raising concern over growth in Europe's largest economy. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of leading shares dropped 0.2 percent to 1385 points, Germany's DAX was down 0.1 percent at 9912 points and France's CAC 40 was up 0.1 percent at 4520 points.

  • LONDON, June 24- European stocks and major currency and bond markets struggled for direction on Tuesday, underpinned by manufacturing data from China, Japan and the United States the previous day but unnerved by growing signs of economic weakness in Europe.

  • Syngenta surge lifts European shares Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 3:39 AM ET

    *Syngenta surges on report of Monsanto bid interest. LONDON, June 24- European shares rose on Tuesday, buoyed by new signs of corporate takeover activity, with agrochemicals company Syngenta surging on a media report that peer Monsanto had considered buying it. Swiss group Syngenta rose 5.7 percent following a Bloomberg report that Monsanto may bid.

  • Syngenta surges as European shares edge higher Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 3:12 AM ET

    LONDON, June 24- European shares rose on Tuesday, buoyed by new signs of corporate takeover activity with agrochemicals company Syngenta surging on a media report that peer Monsanto had considered buying it. Swiss group Syngenta rose 5.7 percent following a Bloomberg report that Monsanto had considered buying it.

  • MUMBAI, June 9- India is considering a proposal to raise the price of urea, the fertilizer most used by its farmers, by at least 10 percent in order to contain huge subsidy costs that are straining the budget, government and industry officials told Reuters.

  • May 6- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co said on Tuesday it will eliminate more than 500 jobs in the next year as it reported a larger-than-expected 43 percent drop in quarterly profit.

  • May 6- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co reported a larger-than-expected 43 percent drop in quarterly profit on Tuesday as prices of phosphate and potash dropped. Transportation problems in North America also dogged the industry during the winter, as frigid conditions froze rivers in the United States and backed up railways in western Canada.

  • OSLO, April 30- Fertiliser maker Yara reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Wednesday and said its outlook had improved on better profit margins for the global farming sector, sending its shares more than 6 percent higher.

  • Fertilizer stocks take a hit     Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | 9:16 AM ET

    Shares of Potash, Agrium and Mosaic are tumbling in pre-market action after Russian company Uralkali pulls out of a venture with Potash, reports CNBC's Carl Quintanilla.

  • West Fertilizer Plant Showed Few Warning Signs Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 5:47 PM ET
    Firefighters conduct search and rescue operations at a destroyed apartment complex near the fertilizer plant in West, Texas.

    There was little indication that the Texas facility that had a massive explosion on Thursday posed a danger to the community, according to evaluations by oversight groups.

  • Up to 15 Dead After Texas Plant Blast     Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 11:26 AM ET

    CNBC's Carl Quintanilla reports the latest details on yesterday's deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas. And, a look at how the fertlizer stocks are reacting today, with CNBC's Josh Lipton.