EPA Approves Dupont Corn Products
DuPont has received registration from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for Optimum AcreMax XTreme insect protection for corn. Optimum AcreMax XTreme adds to DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred’s lineup of single-bag solutions to deliver insect control and simplified refuge management for growers. “Optimum AcreMax XTreme is the right product for growers who need enhanced above- and below-ground insect control and simplified refuge management on their acres,” says Paul Schickler, Pioneer president. Pioneer will introduce Optimum AcreMax XTreme products across multiple hybrid platforms for the 2013 growing season.

Monsanto Launches New Crop System
Monsanto Company has unveiled its new Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System, which is, according to the company, designed to provide farmers with more consistent, flexible control of weeds, especially tough-to-manage and glyphosate-resistant weeds, to maximize crop yield potential. Pending regulatory approvals, the system is expected to be available to U.S. farmers for the 2014 growing season, consisting of a new soybean trait solution and a next-generation herbicide formulation. The Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System will be an integral component of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready PLUS Weed Management Solutions platform, which offers weed management recommendations developed in conjunction with academia, agronomists and other industry partners for control of tough weeds. The recommendations focus on multiple modes of action, including the use of pre-emergence applied residual herbicides in combination with Roundup agricultural herbicides. Roundup Ready PLUS also offers financial incentives to help farmers offset the cost of using qualifying residual herbicides. Monsanto and BASF have been collaborating on the advancement of next generation low-volatility herbicide technology to be used in the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System.

AgReliant Receives Accreditation for Seed Processing
AgReliant Genetics has received the United States Accredited Seed Conditioning Program’s Process Verified Certification at its production facilities. This certification from the United States Department of Agriculture recognizes the company’s quality management system for the conditioning and blending of refuge-in-a-bag seed products as well as the company’s ability to meet the stringent standards necessary to receive this certification. “The seed business continues to increase in complexity,” says AgReliant Genetics’ vice president of operations, Craig Anderson. “We see the USDA Process Verified program as one more way we can ensure that the products being delivered to the customer are of the highest quality and uniformity.”


Quadruple Stack Corn Approved in Argentina
The Secretary of Agriculture in Argentina has approved Syngenta’s MIR604 trait and quadruple corn stack—Agrisure Viptera 4—for cultivation “Agrisure Viptera 4 corn seed sets new standards in insect control by combining Syngenta’s corn rootworm trait with the outstanding performance of Agrisure Viptera against lepidopteran pests,” says John Atkin, chief operating officer of Syngenta. “This approval shows that we are at the forefront in the introduction of innovative technologies to corn growers in Argentina. These technologies will play an important role in our development of an integrated offer, including market-leading seed care and crop protection.” Syngenta’s triple stack corn seed with herbicide tolerance and above-ground insect control was approved in November 2011. The addition of the MIR604 trait will represent an important tool for growers as the incidence of corn rootworm in Argentina increases.

United States and Brazil Partner in Food Security
The governments of the United States and Brazil have formalized a partnership to improve food security in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Memorandum of Understanding begins with a trilateral agreement with the Government of Haiti to improve agriculture practices and technologies. In Haiti, the partnership will primarily focus on sharing new technologies and implementing exchange programs and training opportunities. The three governments will test new varieties of corn, rice, beans, cowpeas and other crops; implement new farming systems that use less water, fertilizer and seeds; adopt technologies to store and process grains and vegetables; enable farmers to use their land to sustainably produce food; and conduct exchange and training programs for farmers and researchers.

INCOTEC Analytical Lab Acquires Exemption 2008/61/EG
INCOTEC Analytical Lab Europe B.V. has succeeded in acquiring Exemption 2008/61/EG. The granting of this permit will allow INCOTEC to receive samples from companies outside the European Union without these samples being accompanied by phytosanitary certificates or plant passports. Upon request, INCOTEC will supply customers with stickers displaying this status to label their shipments. This permit simplifies the process of shipping samples to INCOTEC. “INCOTEC Analytical Lab is growing rapidly and is expanding its toolbox of different services to support seed companies on every continent around the globe. Acquiring this exemption will further facilitate access to our services in the Netherlands for companies around the world,” says Rob Pronk, managing director of INCOTEC Analytical Lab B.V.

France Ratifies the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention
At the end of April, the Government of France ratified the 1991 Act of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. The purpose of UPOV is to provide and promote an effective system of plant variety protection, with the aim of encouraging the development of new varieties of plants, for the benefit of society. France, which is already one of the 70 members of UPOV, is the fiftieth member to become bound by the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention. The 1991 Act entered into force in France on May 27, 2012, one month after the deposit of its instrument of ratification.