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  • CHICAGO, Oct 20- Monsanto Co sued Arkansas agricultural officials on Friday to stop a proposed summer ban on a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage beyond the major farm state's borders. To prevent damage, the Arkansas plant board advanced a proposal at a September meeting that put the state just one step away from banning dicamba sprayings after April...

  • CHICAGO, Oct 20- Monsanto Co sued Arkansas agricultural officials on Friday to stop proposed restrictions on the use of a weed killer linked to widespread U.S. crop damage, setting up a legal battle between the agrichemical company and a major farm state. Last month, the Arkansas plant board advanced a proposal putting the state just one step away from banning...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— A major agribusiness company sued Arkansas regulators on Friday for banning its version of an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their crops and caused widespread damage. "The Plant Board's arbitrary approach also has deprived, and if left unchecked will continue to...

  • LONDON, Oct 19- The World Health Organization's cancer agency dismissed and edited findings from a draft of its review of the weedkiller glyphosate that were at odds with its final conclusion that the chemical probably causes cancer. It issued a report on its assessment of glyphosate- a key ingredient in Monsanto Corp's top-selling weedkiller RoundUp- in...

  • Efforts to create factories in space are emerging, as freedom from gravity is exciting those at the forefront of medical science.

  • BRASILIA, Oct 18- Odebrecht SA asked Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday to threaten fines against Venezuela's former chief prosecutor to stop her from leaking information from the engineering group's confidential plea bargain testimony. Ortega was fired by a newly elected constituent assembly in August, months after she broke with Venezuela's...

  • BRASILIA, Oct 18- Engineering group Odebrecht SA asked Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday to threaten fines against Venezuela's former chief prosecutor to stop her from divulging information from the company's confidential plea bargain testimony. In December, Odebrecht and affiliated petrochemical company Braskem SA agreed to pay $3.5 billion in...

  • AMSTERDAM, Oct 18- Paint maker Akzo Nobel warned its operating profit would not grow at all this year, in a further retreat from performance promises made to investors to fend off a 26- billion-euro takeover approach in May. The maker of Dulux paint insisted on Wednesday it would meet other promises made during its defence against suitor PPG Industries,...

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands— Dutch paints and chemicals company AkzoNobel says its net profit fell by 24 percent in the third quarter to 216 million euros as higher raw material costs and unfavorable exchange rates canceled out a slight rise in revenue. Earlier this year, AkzoNobel rejected a string of unsolicited takeover bids from American rival PPG Industries,...

  • A file photo of workers entering an Exxon Mobil refinery

    Exxon Mobil began production at a new petrochemical plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas, just two months after Hurricane Harvey pummeled the area.

  • DETROIT, Oct 16- In an auto industry race to develop electric vehicle batteries that charge faster and are cheaper and safer than lithium-ion cells, startup Zap&Go will do all that with its carbon-ion alternative' within a few years', a company executive said. Oxford, England- based Zap&Go will begin production of its carbon-ion battery in 2018, in partnership...

  • NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Oct 13- U.S. weed specialists doubted on Friday that new federal restrictions on the use of a controversial weed killer, sold by Monsanto Co and BASF, will prevent recurrences next year of crop damage linked to the chemical. The EPA's new limits focus on the application issues and do not address volatilization, herbicide experts and farmers said.

  • "EPA carefully reviewed the available information and developed tangible changes to be implemented during the 2018 growing season," the agency said in a media release. The EPA said the labels could be revised again in two years, when the current federal registration allowing dicamba to be sold in the United States is up for review. Monsanto said Friday that it had...

  • The EPA said in a statement certain dicamba formulations will be classified as a restricted-use pesticide, which means only certified pesticide applicators, or people under their supervision, will be allowed to spray it onto crops during the 2018 growing season. The only formulations to which the new rules apply are those manufactured by Monsanto and BASF to...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 13- BASF has agreed to buy seed and herbicide businesses from Bayer for 5.9 billion euros in cash, as Bayer tries to convince competition authorities to approve its planned acquisition of Monsanto. But Bayer's $66 billion deal to buy U.S. seeds group Monsanto, announced in September 2016, has created opportunities for rivals to snatch up assets...

  • *Profit warning hits UK engineer GKN. MILAN, Oct 13- European shares hit their highest in nearly four months on Friday, helped by gains in Bayer after an asset sale deal paving the way for the German drugmaker's $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto. Germany's DAX index was flat, just below the all-time high hit in the previous session, while Britain's FTSE eased back...

  • BERLIN— German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has reached a 5.9 billion euro deal to sell parts of its Crop Science unit to German chemical company BASF to alleviate regulatory concerns over its planned takeover of U.S. seed and weed-killer company Monsanto Co.. Monsanto last year accepted an offer from Bayer to pay $57 billion to its shareholders and assume $9...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 13- BASF has agreed to buy seed and herbicide businesses from Bayer for 5.9 billion euros in cash, as Bayer tries to convince competition authorities to approve its planned acquisition of Monsanto. But Bayer's $66 billion deal to buy U.S. seeds group Monsanto, announced in September 2016, has created opportunities for rivals to snatch up assets...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 13- BASF has agreed to buy significant parts of Bayer's seed and herbicide businesses for 5.9 billion euros in cash, the two companies said on Friday. But Bayer's $66 billion deal to buy Monsanto has created opportunities for rivals to snatch up assets it must sell to satisfy competition authorities. "With this investment, we are seizing the...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 13- BASF has agreed to buy significant parts of Bayer's seed and non-selective herbicide businesses for 5.9 billion euros in cash, the two companies said on Friday. But Bayer's $66 billion deal to buy Monsanto has created opportunities for rivals to snatch up assets it must sell to satisfy competition authorities. "With this investment, we are...