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Chemicals Fertilizers and Agricultural Chemicals

  • CHICAGO, Sept 14- Germany's Bayer AG, one of the world's biggest agricultural chemical companies, is joining a $100 million bet that the next big breakthrough in crop fertilizers will be found inside a biological Petri dish. The venture will be backed via a Series A investment from the two companies and hedge fund Viking Global Investors LP.

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  • OTTAWA, Sept 11- Canada's competition watchdog said on Monday it will not challenge a proposed merger between Agrium Inc and Potash Corp, saying the transaction was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in the fertilizer industry.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 7- Monsanto Co filed a petition on Thursday asking Arkansas agricultural officials to reject a proposed date next year that would end sprayings of the herbicide dicamba, which has been linked to crop damage across the U.S. farm belt. A state task force recommended last month that Arkansas bar sprayings after April 15, 2018, to protect plants...

  • CHICAGO, Sept 7- Monsanto Co filed a petition on Thursday asking Arkansas agricultural officials to reject a proposed date next year that would end sprayings of the herbicide dicamba, which has been linked to crop damage across the U.S. farm belt. A state task force recommended last month that Arkansas bar sprayings after April 15, 2018 to protect plants...

  • Sept 7- Fertilizer companies Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc said on Thursday they were told by regulators in India and China that they need to divest Potash's offshore interests for their merger to be approved. The all-stock merger, valued at $25 billion, was announced in September last year and will bring together Potash's crop nutrient...

  • Sept 7- Fertilizer companies Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc said on Thursday they were notified by regulators in India and China to divest Potash's offshore interests for their merger approval. Neither companies have a physical presence in India, but supply potash to the country through Canpotex Ltd, which they own with Mosaic Co..

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 4- French chemical firm Arkema SA said an evacuation zone put in place amid fears that more flammable organic pesticides at its flooded plant in Crosby, Texas, would explode was lifted on Monday after the materials were ignited in a controlled burn. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said...

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 28- Bayer AG's Brazil unit has been relying on barter for more of its agrochemical sales, swapping its products with farmers for a portion of their crops to keep business healthy as the country emerges from the harshest recession on record. With accessible credit lines scarce for Brazilian farmers, Bayer will use the barter operations to raise...

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing label instructions for dicamba weed killers following reports of crop damage in states from Arkansas to North Dakota. "I think Arkansas has decided what the solution to this problem is," Andrew Thostenson, a pesticide specialist for North Dakota State University, said about the spraying deadline.

  • If adopted by the state, the recommendation would prevent most Arkansas farmers from spraying dicamba weed killers on growing soybeans, a key selling point for products manufactured by Monsanto Co, BASF and DuPont. Last month, Arkansas banned the use and sale of dicamba after farmers complained the herbicide was drifting away from where it was sprayed into...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 25- An Arkansas task force has recommended the state bar sprayings after April 15 next year of agricultural herbicides with the chemical dicamba, which has been linked to crop damage across 20 states, a group spokeswoman said on Friday. If adopted by the state, the recommendation would prevent most Arkansas farmers from spraying dicamba weed...

  • Aug 24- Platform Specialty Products Corp has decided to abandon the sale of its agrochemicals business after the offers it attracted failed to meet its valuation expectations of more than $4.5 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Platform Specialty may now pursue an initial public offering or spinoff of the agrochemicals business, said...

  • Aug 24- Fertilizer companies, coping with a stubborn price slump, are banking on tighter emissions standards for diesel trucks in the United States and Europe to buoy their balance sheets. The niche market offers premiums of $50 to $100 per short ton over the crop nutrients they sell at prices that are depressed due to excessive supplies. DEF demand has risen...

  • Aug 24- Fertilizer companies, coping with a stubborn price slump, are banking on tighter emissions standards for diesel trucks in the United States and Europe to buoy their balance sheets. The niche market offers premiums of $50 to $100 per short ton over the crop nutrients they sell at prices that are depressed due to excessive supplies. DEF demand has risen...

  • Aug 24- Fertilizer companies, coping with a stubborn price slump, are banking on tighter emissions standards for diesel trucks in the United States and Europe to buoy their balance sheets. The niche market offers premiums of $50 to $100 per short ton over the crop nutrients they sell at prices that are depressed due to excessive supplies. DEF demand has risen...

  • Aug 24- Fertilizer companies, coping with a stubborn price slump, are banking on tighter emissions standards for diesel trucks in the United States and Europe to buoy their balance sheets. The niche market offers premiums of $50 to $100 per short ton over the crop nutrients they sell at prices that are depressed due to excessive supplies. DEF demand has risen...

  • MOSCOW, Aug 24- Russian fertilizer producer Phosagro said on Thursday its second-quarter net profit fell 89 percent year-on-year to 1.5 billion roubles due to a stronger rouble and lower prices. "During the quarter we saw additional pressure on phosphate prices from higher exports of phosphates from China and the MENA region, which coincided with a delay to...

  • BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, Aug 22- The European Commission has started an in-depth investigation of Bayer's planned $66 billion takeover of U.S. seeds group Monsanto, saying it was worried about competition in various pesticide and seeds markets. The deal would create the world's largest integrated pesticides and seeds company, the Commission said, adding this...

  • VIENNA, Aug 14- Tests show that some imported egg products in Austria have been contaminated with a potentially harmful insecticide, a health ministry official told broadcaster ORF on Monday, adding to the list of countries affected by an international health scare. Millions of chicken eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result of the...