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  • WATERLOO, Iowa, Dec 23- Matt Happel and Pam Egli are first cousins, part of a sprawling family so big it rents a church hall for Christmas parties. Happel, now a 40- year-old divorced father of three, was laid off in April from Deere& Co.' s transmission factory in Waterloo, where he earned $21 an hour on the assembly line. The Iowa cousins' Wall Street connection is a single,...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 14- Argentine President Mauricio Macri said he would sign a decree on Monday eliminating corn and wheat export taxes as part of his plan to revitalize the country's massive farm sector after years of antagonism with the government. Argentina is a major producer of grains and livestock. Macri, who promises free-market solutions to Argentina's...

  • USDA to tighten regulation of biotech wheat trials Friday, 11 Dec 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    "Using permits for field trials of GE wheat provides an additional level of safeguarding based on, and consistent with the biology of wheat," USDA said in a report accompanying its notice. "It became clear to us following the GE wheat incident in Oregon that the detection of regulated GE wheat where it was not authorized, had great potential to disrupt wheat markets...

  • *Dow, Du Pont to merge, then split into three. Dec 11- Chemical titans DuPont and Dow Chemical Co agreed to combine in an all-stock merger valued at $130 billion in a move that pleased activist investors, would generate tax savings and trigger more consolidation while drawing scrutiny from regulators. The "deal of three centuries," as Wells Fargo analyst Frank Mitsch...

  • *Companies to merge, then split into three. Dec 11- Chemical titans DuPont and Dow Chemical Co agreed to combine in an all-stock merger valued at $130 billion in a move that pleased activist investors, would generate tax savings and trigger more consolidation while drawing scrutiny from regulators. The "deal of three centuries," as Wells Fargo analyst Frank Mitsch...

  • *Companies to merge, then split up into three. Dec 11- Chemical titans DuPont and Dow Chemical Co agreed to combine in an all-stock merger valued at $130 billion, a move that could trigger more consolidation, please activist investors and generate tax savings while drawing scrutiny from regulators. The "deal of three centuries," as Wells Fargo analyst Frank Mitsch...

  • Monsanto open to acquisitions in Brazil - CEO Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 4:02 PM ET

    SAO PAULO, Dec 10- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, is open to acquisitions in Brazil, where assets have become cheaper as the local currency tumbled, its top executive in the country said on Thursday. "If an interesting opportunity emerged in Brazil, Monsanto would certainly consider it, especially if it fits with our vision of what agriculture will be...

  • Dec 9- A potential $130 billion merger of Dow Chemical Co and DuPont could prompt a renewed flurry of takeover bids for European rivals with Switzerland's Syngenta AG the most likely target. Syngenta, the world's largest agrochemicals company, fended off a $47 billion offer from U.S. group Monsanto in August and reportedly rejected a $42 billion pursuit by...

  • Dec 9- A potential marriage of chemicals titans Dow Chemical and DuPont would draw intense scrutiny from regulators in the United States and other countries, but Wall Street welcomed the reported merger talks, lifting shares of both companies by 12 percent. "I look at it like Pepsi and Coca-Cola merging, then splitting into syrup, bottling, and snacks& sundry...

  • Dec 9- Merger talks between Dow Chemical Co and DuPont to create a chemicals titan with a $130 billion market value lifted Dow shares to a record on Wednesday and put DuPont on track for its biggest daily gain in more than six years. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Tuesday that the companies were in advanced merger talks that would create a chemicals...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 7- A panel of scientists is disputing a World Health Organization report published earlier this year that concluded glyphosate, the world's most widely used weed killer and main ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans. The 16- member panel, assembled by Intertek Scientific& Regulatory Consultancy, will...

  • *Beijing's reticence over GMO food keeps its market off limits. BEIJING, Dec 7- A Chinese biotech seed firm is aiming to launch the country's first genetically modified corn products overseas on the home turf of the world's top agricultural companies, as Beijing's reticence over GMO food keeps the domestic market off limits. The plan by Beijing- based Origin...

  • Weather satellite startup will launch on Indian rocket Thursday, 3 Dec 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec 3- A Maryland- based startup developing a satellite network to predict weather using radio signals will launch its first two spacecraft on an Indian rocket, the company said on Thursday. Privately owned PlanetiQ signed a contract with Antrix Corp Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization, to launch the pair of...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 2- Syngenta AG on Wednesday cleared one U.S. regulatory hurdle toward domestic marketing of corn seeds containing a trait that is genetically engineered to resist weed killers including glyphosate. Syngenta "may freely move and plant this crop without APHIS permits or additional regulatory oversight from us," he said. Syngenta must still complete...

  • These stocks have a great year-end track record Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 | 4:42 PM ET
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    The final month of the year may bring holiday cheer to one group of stocks, if history is any guide.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 1- Argentina's farmers are racing to plant more corn now a new farm-friendly government is taking power, increasing the area planted by 10 percent over previous estimates, and making more exports likely from one of the world's biggest suppliers. Mauricio Macri will become president of Argentina, one of the world's biggest corn and soybean...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 30- Dow Chemical Co has struck a deal to sell a part of its global herbicide business, as low crop prices continue to drive talk of consolidation in the agriculture industry. Dow on Monday said it agreed to sell a portfolio of weed killers known as dinitroanilines to privately held Gowan Company. The farm sector is struggling to cope with falling crop...

  • The EPA wants to study the product further after it found that the company's Dow AgroSciences unit claimed the two active ingredients work better together, according to court documents. "The information suggests that EPA's analysis may have understated the phytotoxicity of the product," the EPA said in the court filing. Dow Chemical said it has sent the EPA all...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 25- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking court approval to withdraw registration of Dow Chemical Co's new herbicide Enlist Duo, as the agency studies new information regarding the product's impact on non-target plants, according to court documents filed late Tuesday. Enlist Duo, developed by Dow Chemical's Dow AgroSciences unit,...

  • UPDATE 1-Syngenta looking at takeovers, JVs, asset sales Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 4:18 AM ET

    ZURICH/ FRANKFURT, Nov 25- Syngenta, which fended off a $47 billion takeover approach from Monsanto three months ago, is itself looking at takeovers, joint ventures or asset sales, the Swiss company's chairman told a newspaper on Wednesday. Asked about a possible combination with Dupont, interim CEO Ramsay said the products of both groups were very complementary...