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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Soft Commodities Will Not Soften: Expert  Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 12:20 PM ET

    Maxim Volkov, CEO of PhosAgro, says soft commodity prices will not fall, and added that flexible production lines mean PhosAgro can overcome cyclicality.