Chinese government requests sweeping check on manufacture of hazardous chemicals

Following the explosion at the Tianjiayi Chemical Plant in Yancheng Xiangshui on 21st March, the Work Safety Commission of the State Council circulated an urgent notice requesting the immediate implementation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s…

2018/19 Brazilian Soybean Crop approaching 70% Harvested

The Brazilian soybean crop is 68% harvested compared to 65% last year and 64% for the 5-year average according to Safras & Mercado. This represents an advance of 6% for the week. Mato Grosso do Sul is 96% harvested and Goias is 83% harvested.…

US EPA considering limiting state pesticide regulations

State pesticide regulators are concerned EPA is considering whether to limit their ability to impose additional restrictions on pesticide use beyond federal guidelines. Last week, EPA announced it may look at a provision in federal law governing…
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EU proposes to restrict the use of tolclofos-methyl

Draft Commission Implementing Regulation renewing the approval of the active substance tolclofos-dimethyl, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection…

EU proposes non-renewal for dimethoate

Draft Commission Implementing Regulation concerning the non-renewal of approval of the active substance dimethoate, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant…

India Foodgrain Production to 281 million Tonnes in 2018-19

The government on Thursday declared that total food grain production in India is estimated at 281.37 million tonnes during 2018-19 as compared to 277.49 million tonnes in the previous fiscal. According to second advance estimates released…
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US Pesticide Registration Improvement Act Signed into Law

The Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018 (PRIA 4) has officially been signed into law by President Donald Trump. The long-term PRIA reauthorization is reported to strengthen and improve pesticide registration through 2023.…

Asia prepares for crop battle with Fall Armyworm

An insect that can infest and damage hundreds of hectares of maize fields, literally overnight, is sweeping across Asia – alarming smallholder farmers and threatening livelihoods – but the damage can be limited, the UN’s Food and Agriculture…
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U.S. EPA releases for public comment draft guidance for plant regulators, including biostimulants

U.S. EPA is releasing for public comment Draft Guidance for Plant Regulators, Including Plant Biostimulants. Read a pre-publication copy of the draft guidance. In recognition of the growing categories of products generally known as plant…