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Bayer to appeal EU ruling on neonicotinoids in ag

· July 30, 2018

Bayer is planning to appeal against the recent ruling of the General Court of the European Union involving neonicotinoids in agriculture. The company is concerned that the verdict, announced in May, could have far-reaching consequences for the certainty and predictability of active substance approvals in the European Union (EU). By appealing against the verdict, Bayer […]

EU residue ruling opens doors for specialty crop growers

· June 25, 2018

Exporting tree nuts to EU countries has just gotten simpler for U.S. specialty crop growers after an EU ruling increasing the maximum residue level (MRL) limit. The ruling was based on residue data developed by IR-4 and almond, pistachio, and walnut grower groups under a USDA grant with support from Verdesian Life Sciences. Confirming Verdesian’s […]

Bayer, Syngenta disappointed by EU neonicotinoids court ruling

· May 17, 2018

Bayer and Syngenta are disappointed with the verdict of the General Court of the European Union’s on Case T-429/13 Bayer CropScience v European Commission. The Court has ruled that the European Commission’s decision from 2013, which restricted the use of certain neonicotinoids, was lawful. Bayer said they will review the verdict in detail and assess […]

Bayer gets EU green light for Monsanto deal with sale to BASF

· March 21, 2018

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties’ overlaps in seeds, pesticides, and digital agriculture. “We have approved Bayer’s plans to take over Monsanto because the parties’ remedies, worth well over […]

EU neonicotinoid report creates buzz, may not save bees

· March 1, 2018

According to the European Union Food Safety Authority, most uses of neonicotinoids represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees. The report released this week comes out despite strong evidence that shows neonicotinoid pesticides are the least of concern when it comes to saving bees. The Authority has updated its risk assessments of three neonicotinoids […]

Bayer soybean trait stack receives EU import approval

· January 18, 2018

Bayer and MS Technologies have achieved a milestone on their path to delivering increased yield and enhanced weed control solutions for soybean growers. The FG72 x LL55 herbicide tolerant trait stack received a positive scientific opinion from EU Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which was subsequently accepted by the European Commission for the importation of FG72 […]

Montana economics prof questions EU GMO ban on yields

· November 29, 2017

Is there a correlation between the ban of GMOs in the European Union and grain productivity? Retired Montana State University Economics Professor Gary Brester believes so. During the recent Montana Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Billings, Brester said that despite claims that the European yields without GMOs match those in the U.S., the debate is not […]

EU opens doors to U.S. citrus exports again

· May 3, 2017

The EU has dropped its requirement that U.S. groves be surveyed for citrus canker, which eases entry of U.S. citrus into the EU market and saves growers millions of dollars in production costs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) have […]

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