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  • Jan 29- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong potash sales and lower costs. Potash Corp, the second-biggest potash producer by output after Russia's Uralkali OAO, said on Thursday that improving phosphate market conditions are...

  • Potash Corp quarterly profit jumps 77 pct Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:17 AM ET

    Jan 29- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization, reported a 77 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher realized prices and lower costs. Net earnings rose to $407 million, or 49 cents per share, in the fourth-quarter ended Dec. 31, from $230 million, or 26 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • UPDATE 1-Agrium shares rise on dividend, buy-back news Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:59 PM ET

    Jan 22- Canadian fertilizer and farm retail dealer Agrium Inc said it would pay out a larger percentage of its free cash flow as dividends and buy back up to 5 percent of its shares, driving its stock up as much as 5.6 percent. Agrium said it would pay out 40-50 percent of its free cash flow as dividends, up from its earlier target of 25-35 percent. Agrium, which mines...

  • Jan 15- Monsanto Co. received final U.S. approval on Thursday for herbicide-tolerant crops to be used with a new herbicide the company says will fight problematic weed resistance on farm fields, but critics say will only worsen the problems. Monsanto is still waiting for final approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for the herbicide it designed to...

  • USDA approves Monsanto's new GMO soybeans, cotton Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    Jan 15- Monsanto Co. received final U.S. approval on Thursday for herbicide-tolerant crops to be used with a new herbicide the company says will fight problematic weed resistance on farm fields, but critics say will only worsen the problems. Monsanto is still waiting for final approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for the herbicide it designed to...

  • Jan 7- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, said on Wednesday profits dropped 34 percent in the first quarter compared to a year ago, due in part to lower planted corn acres in South America and a shift in timing of some sales. Monsanto, known for its genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops as well as the popular Roundup herbicide, said net sales...

  • Monsanto plants its seed into farming   Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 5:45 AM ET
    Monsanto plants its seed into farming

    Agriculture company Monsanto is set to report its Q1 earnings this week. Michael Cox, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, discusses the company and how it's bringing new technology to South America.

  • Dec 16- Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative, India's largest fertilizer producer, said it was suspending plans for a nitrogen fertilizer factory in Bécancour, Québec as its cost estimate exceeded C $2 billion. IFFCO and its Canadian partner La Coop fédérée, which had earlier estimated the project to cost C $1.6 billion, said they would look for partners...

  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan- based Potash Corp is reviewing its $4.5 billion worth of investments in China's Sinofert Holdings Ltd, Israel Chemicals, Jordan's Arab Potash Co PLC and Chile's SQM. Tilk said he is content with the influence Potash holds at Arab Potash and Sinofert. No decisions have been made, and Potash Corp would not act without consulting the...

  • Dec 3- Canada's Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, the world's largest fertilizer producer, is sizing up its chances of gaining control of the four other fertilizer companies in which it holds minority stakes, Chief Executive Officer Jochen Tilk said on Wednesday. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan- based Potash Corp is reviewing its $4.5 billion worth of minority stakes in...

  • *Process will enable Sasol to meet new environmental rules. *Sasol claims process is a world first. SECUNDA, South Africa, Nov 27- South African petrochemicals company Sasol said it opened an industrial plant that converts toxic waste sludge into fertiliser this week, in an effort to stay ahead of new and tighter environmental regulations.

  • Nov 13- Dow AgroSciences' decision to severely restrict U.S. introduction of its Enlist genetically modified crops and herbicide- billed as the company's most important product launch ever- came after extensive talks with U.S. grain leaders who fear roiling trade with China, a company executive said on Thursday. The deep involvement of the grain industry in...

  • Nov 13- Dow AgroSciences' decision to severely restrict U.S. introduction of its Enlist genetically modified crops and herbicide- billed as the company's most important product launch ever- came after extensive talks with U.S. grain leaders who fear roiling trade with China, a company executive said Thursday. The deep involvement of the grain industry in...

  • Nov 6- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc agreed to spend more than $52 million on plant improvements and pay a $1.3 million civil penalty to resolve U.S. charges that it violated the Clean Air Act over the emission of harmful pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide. It resolves claims by the Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that three...

  • UPDATE 1-Agrium to cut 500 jobs, sell some businesses Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov 5- Canadian fertilizer producer Agrium Inc will cut 500 jobs and look to sell several noncore businesses as it aims to find $475 million in savings by 2017, Chief Executive Chuck Magro said on Wednesday. Agrium will also target savings from reducing working capital at its farm retail business and trimming operating and administrative...

  • Oct 30- Mosaic Co on Thursday forecast record-high global phosphate and potash shipments in 2015 despite concerns that weak crop prices would reduce farmers' fertilizer purchases. Corn and wheat prices plunged this autumn to multiyear lows amid a huge but delayed U.S. harvest. Dan Basse, president of research company AgResource said on Wednesday in Winnipeg...

  • Oct 30- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co's quarterly profit jumped 63 percent as it sold more phosphate at higher prices. "The improving demand momentum for both potash and phosphates that started in the fourth quarter of 2013 continued," Chief Executive Jim Prokopanko said in a statement. The company, however, said its phosphate sales volumes would fall to...

  • Fertilizer maker Mosaic's quarterly profit jumps 63 pct Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    Oct 30- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co's quarterly profit jumped 63 percent as it sold more phosphate at higher prices. The company's net earnings rose to $202 million, or 54 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $124 million, or 29 cents per share, a year earlier. "The improving demand momentum for both potash and phosphates that started in the...

  • DuPont profit jumps as margins improve Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    DuPont reported a 52 percent jump in profit as operating margins rose in five of its seven businesses.

  • The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide's active ingredients, 2,4- D, before granting approval on Oct. 15 to Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide. "They did not do an adequate job," said Andrew Kimbrell, an attorney with...