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EPA Moves to Ban Bayer Pesticide

After Bayer CropScience and Nichino America refused to voluntarily pull their insecticides containing flubendiamide off the market, the EPA has moved to ban sales of the commercial pest control products. Flubendiamide is used on more than 200 crops, including soybeans, almonds, tobacco, peanuts, cotton, lettuce, alfalfa, tomatoes, watermelon and bell … Read more »

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Bayer Refuses EPA’s Request to Pull Pesticide in US

Bayer Crop Science says it has refused a request by the EPA to pull its Belt pesticide off the market in the US. The chemical company says the EPA is exaggerating the environmental risk posed by flubendiamide, the pesticide’s active ingredient, and says it will seek a review of the … Read more »

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Price and Service Models will Grow Adoption of Agriculture Sensor Technology

Innovative pricing and service models will drive the adoption of sensor technology in the agriculture industry, according to a new report from Lux Research. Sensor technology can help make more efficient use of soil, water, pesticides and equipment. With price variability and other uncertainties, few farmers are able or willing … Read more »

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DuPont, Dow Strike $130 Billion Merger Deal, Create Chemical Giant

Chemical giants DuPont and Dow Chemical have agreed to merge, forming a $130 billion company that will then split into three companies. The new DowDuPont will separate into three companies “as soon as feasible,” which the companies say they expect to take 18 to 24 months following the closing of … Read more »

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EPA Wants Dow Pesticide Off the Market

The EPA has asked a federal court to remove Dow AgroSciences’ pesticide Enlist Duo from the market in response to a lawsuit filed by environmental groups. The Dow pesticide contains 2,4-D, a chemical that the Natural Resources Defense Council says has been linked to cancer in “dozens of studies.” NRDC is one … Read more »

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EPA Proposes Ban on Dow Pesticide

The EPA is proposing a ban on Dow AgroSciences’ insecticide chlorpyrifos from all agricultural uses, following a court order requiring the agency to respond to a lawsuit. The EPA banned the toxic chemical from residential use 15 years ago. In 2007, Earthjustice, on behalf of Pesticide Action Network (PAN) and … Read more »

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Exxon, BP, 10 Others Pay $3.5M, Clean Up Hazardous Waste at Superfund Site

ExxonMobil, BP, DuPont and Veolia are among the 12 private parties that will pay more than $3.5 million as part of a settlement with the EPA related to the Metro Container Superfund Site in Trainer, Pennsylvania. The 12 settling parties will pay an estimated $2.5 million for the investigation and … Read more »

Monsanto to France: Roundup Is Safe

Monsanto says it was “surprised” by French environment minister Ségolène Royal’s comments made over the weekend about the sale of its Roundup lawn and garden products. Royal proposed restricting the pesticide to behind-the-counter sales — a system that already exists in several other European countries including Germany. She proposed this in … Read more »

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Monsanto Pledges 22% GHG Cut from Crop Protection Operations

Monsanto says it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its crop protection operations by 22 percent (per pound of active ingredient) by 2020. The agribusiness giant announced its new GHG target yesterday as it released its 2014 sustainability report. The company’s crop protection operations include its work as part of … Read more »

EPA to Bayer, Dow, DuPont: Label Pesticides Correctly

The EPA has reached three settlements with Bayer CropScience, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Dow AgroSciences resolving the agency’s allegations that the companies or their agents distributed and sold pesticide products that lacked required labels or were missing critical information on the labels. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide … Read more »