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  • An EPA spokeswoman declined to give specifics of the plan, but told Reuters that its requirements will be similar to those placed on a new herbicide product developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical Co.. The company is required to provide extensive reporting to the EPA about instances of weed resistance and to let "relevant stakeholders" know about...

  • Monsanto Co, which has built a $15 billion company on sales of glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide and crops genetically engineered to tolerate being sprayed with Roundup, has demanded a retraction and explanation from WHO. Monsanto officials have accused the IARC group of relying on "junk science" and basing conclusion on politics rather than sound science.

  • SANTIAGO, March 25- Chilean fertilizer company SQM, enmeshed in a tax and illicit campaign financing scandal, said on Wednesday it has identified about $11 million in questionable payments from the office of its recently fired chief executive officer. Authorities in Chile are investigating whether money from SQM and other companies was siphoned to fund...

  • March 24- Monsanto Co, maker of the world's most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer. "We question the quality of the assessment," Philip Miller, Monsanto vice president of global regulatory affairs, said on Tuesday in an interview. " Monsanto officials have...

  • The WHO's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans." Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, said scientific data do not support the conclusions and called on the WHO to hold an urgent meeting to explain the...

  • SANTIAGO/ WINNIPEG, March 18- Shares in Chilean fertilizer group SQM plunged on Wednesday after three board representatives from Canada's Potash Corp resigned in protest at its handling of an illicit payments scandal that has shaken the Chilean establishment. SQM Vice Chairman Wayne Brownlee, who is also chief financial officer of Potash Corp, and two...

  • SANTIAGO, March 18- Chilean fertilizer group SQM said the three representatives on its board from Canadian stakeholder Potash Corp resigned on Tuesday evening in the midst of a campaign financing scandal that has shaken the Chilean establishment. SQM Vice Chairman Wayne Brownlee, who is also chief financial officer of Potash Corp, and directors Jose Maria...

  • SANTIAGO, March 17- SQM fertilizer company has fired its chief executive after it became embroiled in an election campaign financing scandal that has rocked the Chilean establishment, tainting business leaders and politicians with close links to the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Shortly after the announcement, SQM said it would voluntarily...

  • CHICAGO, March 17- U.S. farmers will likely use less nitrogen fertilizer this season with the cost sky-high even though the price of natural gas, the key ingredient to make it, is down 40 percent from last year. "What we're seeing this season is a reduction in rates," said Ray Carpenter, senior vice president of agronomy for Farmers Cooperative in Ames, Iowa, referring to...

  • Chile's SQM fires CEO tied to campaign finance scandal Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 9:46 AM ET

    SANTIAGO, March 17- Chile's SQM has fired its chief executive after the fertilizer company became embroiled in a campaign financing scandal largely involving a right-wing party with close links to the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Authorities are probing whether resources were channeled illicitly to finance electoral campaigns for the...

  • SINGAPORE, March 11- Brazil's corn output is likely to come under pressure this year due to unfriendly crop weather, while high costs for fertilizers in strife-torn Ukraine will curb production there, a senior agricultural analyst said on Wednesday. Lower supplies in Brazil and Ukraine, the world's second and third largest corn exporters after the United...

  • WELLINGTON, March 10- Suspected environmental activists have threatened to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand, the world's largest dairy exporter, in an attempt to halt the use of an agricultural poison on pests such as rats and possums. New Zealand police said on Tuesday letters were sent to the national farmers' group and dairy giant Fonterra in...

  • SAO PAULO, March 2- Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc, the world's largest fertilizer company by market value, agreed on Monday to pay about $56 million for a 9.5 percent stake in Brazilian rival Fertilizantes Heringer SA, the latest effort by Potash to grow in Latin America's largest economy. Under terms of the agreement, PotashCorp will acquire the stake...

  • Potash Corp to buy stake in Brazil's Heringer Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 8:26 AM ET

    March 2- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization, said it would buy a 9.5 percent stake in Brazil's Fertilizantes Heringer SA from its controlling shareholders for $55.7 million. The deal, expected to close in the second half of this year, will pave the way for a long-term potash supply agreement, allowing...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb 26- Canadian farmers are plowing profits from bumper crops into fertilizer storage facilities to mitigate the pricing power held by major retailers and producers. Over time, the practice might erode the steep premiums farmers pay in the spring to retail businesses owned by Agrium Inc, Richardson International and Cargill Ltd, while...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 20- Russian fertiliser producers are willing to cut prices by up to 33 percent for domestic customers, Russian news agencies reported on Friday, citing Igor Artemyev, head of the country's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service. Artemyev's comments came after Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that Russia did not plan to impose an export tax on...

  • OSLO/ FRANKFURT, Feb 19- Norwegian fertiliser maker Yara and German chemicals firm BASF will spend $600 million building an ammonia plant in Texas, taking advantage of cheap shale gas to expand their presence in the United States, the companies said. Yara will own 68 percent of the project, to be built on BASF's industrial complex in Freeport, while the German firm...

  • Water, air quality fears conflict with pig farms Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    Modern meat production has proven to be efficient and profitable, but comes with its own set of problems.

  • JERUSALEM, Feb 16- Israel's main labour union threatened on Monday to shut Israel Chemicals main Dead Sea potash operations if the fertilizer and specialty chemicals maker does not revise a plan to cut jobs. ICL, which has exclusive permits to extract minerals from the Dead Sea, is one of the three largest suppliers of the crop nutrient potash to China, India and...

  • Feb 11- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co's fourth-quarter profit nearly tripled, helped by strong demand for phosphates and potash. The company's shares rose 2.3 percent at $51.94 in morning trading in New York on Wednesday. Rival Potash Corp of Saskatchewan last month reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit.