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Mar. 30, 2015Markets
Cornell initiative aims to get next-gen seeds to African farmers
A new initiative offers hope for African small farms by helping ensure that new seed varieties with higher yields make it through the supply chain from breeders to farmers.   Read More
Mar. 30, 2015Markets
Frozen loan disbursement halts Brazil fertilizer, pesticides sales
Sales in Brazil of fertilizers and pesticides for next year's soy crop have stopped after the main lender for the farm sector, state-run Banco do Brasil, froze disbursement of subsidized loans, farm and industry groups said recently.   Read More
Mar. 30, 2015Science&Research
Fighting the Colorado potato beetle with RNA interference
US’s Colorado potato beetles are a dreaded pest of potatoes all over the world. Since they do not have natural enemies in most potato producing regions, farmers try to control them with pesticides. However, this strategy is often ineffective because the pest has developed resistances against nearly all insecticides.   Read More
Mar. 30, 2015Markets
Zimbabwe Seed Co tackles climate change
Zimbabwe Seed manufacturer Seed Co plans to boost the production of its new drought-tolerant and early maturing variety to help counter devastating effects of climate change.   Read More
Mar. 30, 2015Companies
Ceres accelerates sugarcane trait development following positive field results
Ceres, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company, announced recently that its biotech sugarcane traits have been advanced to the next stage of testing ahead of schedule due to positive data from initial field evaluations under tropical conditions in Latin America.   Read More
Mar. 30, 2015Markets
Canadian govt invests in biocontrol research for Canada's greenhouse
Member of Parliament Dean Allison, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced recently an investment of $143,260 to the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to conduct research into improving the use of biological controls for pest and disease management for the Canadian greenhouse sector.   Read More
Mar. 30, 2015Companies
Syngenta sues Willowood on fungicide azoxystrobin
Syngenta announced recently that it has sued agrochemical maker Willowood, LLC, Willowood USA, LLC, Willowood Azoxystrobin, LLC, and Willowood Limited (collectively “Willowood”) for patent and copyright infringement, as well as unfair and deceptive trade practices.   Read More
Mar. 30, 2015Science&Research
Nematodes cause productivity loss on cotton in Brazil‏
An infestation of Meloidogyne incognita nematode has became one of the main factors reducing cotton yields in Brazil state Mato Grosso. Besides, the crop yet suffers with soil compression with a penetration resistance from 10 to 20 centimeters over the soil.   Read More
Mar. 27, 2015Science&Research
Scientists reveal genetic differences in wheat
Kansas State University scientists have released findings of a two-year study of the genetic diversity of wheat, that could aid future crop improvement.   Read More
Mar. 27, 2015Regulations
Australian OGTR consults on GM cotton tests from CSIRO
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a licence application from CSIRO to conduct a field trial of GM cotton with enhanced fibre quality.   Read More
Mar. 27, 2015Regulations
Federal judge considers delaying US Maui GMO ban hearings
A federal judge recently said she would consider delaying proceedings for a lawsuit challenging US Maui’s ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms because of legislation that could affect the outcome of the case.   Read More
Mar. 27, 2015Markets
EU rapeseed acreage significantly down
EU rapeseed production is expected to fall by as much as 7% this year, compared to 2014, according to figures released by Copa-Cogeca.   Read More
Mar. 27, 2015Regulations
ASA: US’s GMO labeling bill would provide clarity with non-GMO label
The American Soybean Association (ASA) issued its firm support for a bill introduced and referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee that would provide for a national labeling standard for non-GMO foods.   Read More
Mar. 27, 2015Markets
Tanzania finalises biotech regulations
Tanzania government has finalised preparations of environment regulations to allow research on biotechnology in the country.   Read More
Mar. 27, 2015Companies
Syngenta facing lawsuits over GM corn seed sales
Syngenta is facing dozens of lawsuits brought by US farmers alleging unfair business practices regarding its selling of genetically modified corn seed.   Read More
Mar. 27, 2015Regulations
Ontario reducing neonicotinoid pesticide use by 80%
Ontario is taking the strongest action in North America to protect bees, birds, butterflies, and other pollinators by proposing new rules that would reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent by 2017.   Read More
Mar. 27, 2015Regulations
Brazil may create new agency for agrochemicals‏ approval
The new Agriculture minister of Brazil, Kátia Abreu, announced that the government is assessing the creation of a new agency that would exclusively analyze and release new agricultural chemical products. The goal is to curb bureaucracy at the registration of new active ingredients to control plagues and diseases - after an outcry of the production sector.   Read More
Mar. 27, 2015Companies
Syngenta Louisiana plant poised for 2015 production
As the 2015 planting season gets underway, growers across the country will need crop protection products to combat pests and boost yields. The Syngenta agrichemical plant in St. Gabriel, LA, is operating continuously to fulfil this need.   Read More
Mar. 27, 2015Products
EU extends approval periods for 14 ais
The European Commission has confirmed that existing approval periods for 14 active ingredients have been extended to 31 July 2018.   Read More
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