US EPA issues proposed interim decision on neonicotinoids, opens comments

Earlier in January, the U.S. EPA released its Proposed Interim Decisions for acetamiprid, clothianidin/thiamethoxam, dinotefuran and imidacloprid. These active ingredients are collectively known as neonicotinoids. For 60 days after publication…

New Argentina agrochemical law went into effect in January

From the first working day of January 2020, fruit growers in Argentina needed to prove that they comply with Good Agricultural Practices (BPA). The same enforcement goes into effect in January 2021 for vegetable producers. Basic requirements…

After a dry start, late rains benefit soybeans in Paraguay

Beneficial rains have returned to Paraguay and Soybean farmers in Paraguay are now more optimistic concerning their 2019/20 soybean production. The summer rains started later than normal last September and October, which delayed the soybean…

Global cotton trade is projected at a 7-year high

For 2019, increased imports are expected in many non-cotton-producing countries, as well as some producing ones. Although China—a major producer—is projected as the leading importer in 2019, its upcoming imports are expected to be below…

Novel Coronavirus | Will it affect Chinese agrochemical companies’ production after Chinese New Year?

During the Chinese New Year, respiratory disease caused by a novel type of coronavirus was detected for the first time and an outbreak occurred in Wuhan, Hubei, China. As of 12:00 noon on January 29, 2020, there were 5,999 confirmed cases nationwide…

Luxembourg, the first EU country to ban glyphosate

The pesticide glyphosate, which is suspected of causing cancer, will begin to be partially banned in Luxembourg next February, a ban that will be completed by the end of the year and will make the country the first in the European Union (EU)…

United Nations declares 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health

Plants make the oxygen we breathe and give us 80 percent of the food we eat. But plants are under attack by invasive pests. These pests destroy up to 40 percent of the world’s food crops and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year according…

Queen gives approval to Brexit, opens new Ag markets for U.S.

Queen Elizabeth II Last Thursday gave her formal approval to legislation pulling Britain out of the European Union, setting the stage for a potential U.S.-U.K. trade deal. "The withdrawal agreement has received royal assent and is now law,"…

US EPA proposes new atrazine herbicide measures

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed interim registration decision on atrazine that includes mandatory spray drift control measures and other label updates. The proposal is part of the agency’s re-registration review…