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May 29, 2015

Agribusiness nervous as WHO cancer unit analyzes popular pesticide

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The World Health Organization is set to examine
a widely used pesticide and agribusiness is bracing for bad
news, less than three months after the group classified another
popular herbicide as “probably” cancer-causing.

Twenty-four scientists representing WHO’s International
Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) are set to analyze
scientific findings regarding links between cancer in humans and
the herbicide known as 2,4-D at a June 2-9 meeting in Lyon,
France.

May 28, 2015

U.S. EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees

May 28 (Reuters) – U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday
proposed a rule that would create temporary pesticide-free zones
to protect commercial honeybees, which are critical to food
production and have been dying off at alarming rates.

The restrictions would cover times when specific plants are
in bloom and when commercial honeybees are being moved through
certain areas, EPA officials said.

May 22, 2015

Monsanto’s move on Syngenta could mean move away from glyphosate

May 22 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, the world’s largest
seed company, is also known for the popularity of its Roundup
herbicide, a weedkiller beloved by farmers and homeowners alike
for its speed and deadly assault on tough weeds.

But Monsanto’s ongoing efforts to try to take over Swiss
agrochemicals firm Syngenta, a rival whose product
portfolio offers an array of agricultural chemicals, could spark
a sell-off or de-emphasis of a product line that last year
brought in roughly $5 billion, or a third of total revenues for
Monsanto, according to industry sources.

May 20, 2015

Factbox: Sizing up Monsanto and Syngenta

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s largest seed company, said on Wednesday it plans to divest all of Syngenta AG’s (SYNN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) seeds and traits businesses as well as some overlapping chemistry assets to get regulatory approval for a takeover of its Swiss rival.

The $45 billion transaction would create an industry giant with combined sales of over $31 billion before any divestitures and a market capitalization of nearly $100 billion, based on current share prices. It would likely attract scrutiny from regulators in Europe and the United States.

May 20, 2015

Monsanto says would divest all of Syngenta’s seed business

May 20 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co., the world’s largest
seed company, said on Wednesday it plans to divest all of
Syngenta Ag’s seeds and traits businesses as well as
some overlapping chemistry assets to get regulatory approval for
a takeover of its Swiss rival.

Monsanto President Brett Begemann said in a statement that
U.S.-based Monsanto sees an acquisition of Syngenta as a move
toward “redefining the future of agriculture,” and is confident
it can address regulatory concerns about a combination of the
two agrichemical and seed giants.

May 17, 2015

Nine killed in gun battle among Texas biker gangs

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Nine people were killed on Sunday when a simmering feud among rival biker gangs boiled over at a sports bar in Waco, Texas, resulting in gunfire and a full-blown rumble in the parking lot, police said.

The battle took place at Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in a shopping mall in the central Texas city, Waco police said. In addition to the fatalities, several people were injured.

May 15, 2015

As it woos Syngenta, Monsanto mounts campaign to combat critics

May 15 (Reuters) – As seed and chemical maker Monsanto Co.
woos Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta,
Monsanto also is trying to win over consumers in key
international markets, rolling out social media and marketing
campaigns.

U.S.-based Monsanto said it has recently launched
interactive consumer-oriented websites in China, France, India,
Argentina and Brazil, in addition to a lead site launched for
U.S. consumers late last year.

May 13, 2015

U.S. honeybee losses soar over last year, USDA finds

May 13 (Reuters) – Honey bees, critical agents in the
pollination of key U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate
over the last year, according to a new government report that
comes as regulators, environmentalists and agribusinesses try to
reverse the decline.

Losses of managed honey bee colonies hit 42.1 percent from
April 2014 through April 2015, up from 34.2 percent for
2013-2014, and the second-highest annual loss to date, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture said in a report issued on Wednesday.

May 13, 2015

U.S. honeybee losses soar over last year, USDA report finds

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Honey bees, critical agents in the pollination of key U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate over the last year, according to a new government report that comes as regulators, environmentalists and agribusinesses try to reverse the losses.

Losses of managed honey bee colonies hit 42.1 percent from April 2014 through April 2015, up from 34.2 percent for 2013-2014, and the second-highest annual loss seen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report issued on Wednesday.

May 5, 2015

EPA regulator says set to release key herbicide report, lauds biopesticides

WASHINGTON May 5 (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection
Agency has wrapped up its review of the world’s most widely used
herbicide and plans to release a much-anticipated preliminary
risk assessment no later than July, the regulator’s chief
pesticide regulator told Reuters.

The EPA review of the health and environmental impacts of
glyphosate comes at a time of intense debate over the safety of
the chemical, and after the World Health Organization’s cancer
research unit declared in March that glyphosate was “probably
carcinogenic to humans.”

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