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Industry News – January 2013

Industry News is geared to seed professionals and delivers the people, industry, business and product news you need to know. Submissions are welcome. Email us at·news@issuesink.com. People News...
competition

USFTC Approves Syngenta Acquisition by ChemChina

This morning, Syngenta and China's National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the proposed acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina — the largest foreign...

Twitter Reaction Swift to Chipotle’s No-GMO Announcement

Controversy has been fast and furious regarding fast food chain Chipotle's announcement that it is now using only non-GMO ingredients in its food. Chipotle is the first major U.S....
Rijk Zwaan

Rijk Zwaan Continues Its Innovation Drive

Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel B.V. generated net turnover of €420 million ($494 million) in the 2016/2017 financial year. That represents an increase of 8 percent over the previous...

Barenbrug Invests in New Coating Line

It has to deliver exceptional quality. It has to be highly reproducible. It has to have the option to develop complex individual coating recipes. It has to set new...
cibus

Land O’Lakes Crop Inputs Reports Strong 2017 Earnings

Land O’Lakes reported a record $364.8 million in net earnings on $13.7 billion in sales, up from net earnings of $319.9 million and net sales of $13.2 billion in...
biofuels

EPA Finalizes 2017 RFS RVOs, Biofuels Industry Applauds Rule

On Nov. 23, the U.S. EPA released its final rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel. The...

Dow-DuPont Merger a “Reality Check” for Syngenta, Shareholder Group Says

The recent announcement of the mega-merger between Dow and DuPont is a "final reality check" for Syngenta, according to the Alliance of Critical Syngenta Shareholders. In a statement posted on...
KeyGene

PanAmerican Seed Purchases Begonia Product Line from Golden State Bulb Growers

The acquisition of the popular AmeriHybrid and On Top begonia genetics expands PanAmerican Seed’s assortment in this important class. PanAmerican Seed is pleased to announce it has purchased the Begonia...
video

ASTA and NAPB Launch Second Annual “Better Seed, Better Life” Student Video Contest

Graduate and undergraduate students pursuing agriculture disciplines are invited to participate in the second annual Better Seed, Better Life student video contest sponsored by the American Seed Trade Association...

Proactive Stewardship Critical

At the 2015 ISF World Seed Congress in Kraków, Poland, Bayer CropScience said it is committed to proactive stewardship to underline the company’s strong commitment to sustainable agriculture. “We help growers...

ChemChina to Buy Syngenta for $43 Billion

ChemChina has offered to acquire Syngenta for $43 billion. The board of directors of Syngenta considers that the proposed transaction respects the interests of all stakeholders and is unanimously recommending the...

Arysta LifeScience Enhances Integration of French Company Goëmar

Arysta LifeScience announces several organizational changes that will more fully integrate the French company Goëmar, which Arysta LifeScience acquired in March 2014. The changes are designed to ensure integrated...

Wanted: Ag Biotechnology Risk Communication Expert

Iowa State University seeks applicants for a nine-month, tenure track position at the associate professor or professor level. In the Department of Agricultural Education & Studies, the ag biotechnology risk...
clean seed

DuPont to Acquire Tech Company Granular

Yesterday (Aug. 9), DuPont signed a definitive agreement to acquire San Francisco-based Granular, Inc., a provider of software and analytics tools that help farms improve efficiency, profitability and sustainability....

New Partnership Focuses on UAV Pilot Training

Beck’s announced a collaboration with Indiana State University to train pilots to operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) within the new legal structure established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)....

Dow Opens New Latin America Research Center

Dow AgroSciences opens its new and largest biotechnology research center in Latin America — the only one that can conduct advanced and comprehensive seed testing in the region. The complex...

Benson Hill Biosystems Launches Saturn Agrosciences Subsidiary

Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural genetic potential of plants, today announced formation of Saturn Agrosciences, a new subsidiary focused on canola improvement. Saturn will...
roundup

DowDuPont Ag Company to Launch June 1 of Next Year

DowDuPont reports in its first-quarter results that its spinoff ag company will launch June 1, 2019. “We delivered solid first-quarter sales and operating earnings gains, while our teams advanced the...

Bayer CropScience and Flagship Ventures Form Partnership

Bayer CropScience announces a strategic innovation partnership with Flagship Ventures, a leading venture capital and venture creation firm. The partnership includes an investment in Flagship Ventures Fund V, a $537...