Entries by David

Brazil, Argentina sign cooperation agreement on science, technology and innovation

Brazil and Argentina signed on August 4 a cooperation agreement in the areas of technology, science and innovation. The partnership will last for five years and provide support and encouragement to education and research institutions and companies whose work is of mutual interest to the countries. Actions include research projects, researcher exchanges and the organisation […]

USDA forecasts spring wheat at 15-year low; raises corn and soybean

U.S. production of spring wheat will fall to a 15-year low, the government said on Wednesday, as crop development in top production state North Dakota has been crippled by searing heat and scant rains throughout June and July. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also raised its corn and soybean production forecasts despite a late start […]

USDA invests $7.6 million for research on pests and beneficial species

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 21 grants totaling $7.6 million for research to help manage pests and beneficial species that affect agricultural crops. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “There continues to […]

China’s insecticide production experienced substantial increase in May

According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS), in May 2017, China produced 325,467 tons of pesticide, down regulated 2.7% compared to the same period last year. This is the third consecutive month that the domestic pesticide production experienced decline. In May, except herbicide production, insecticide and fungicide’s production experienced substantial increase by 32% and 18.4% to […]

Present status of Chinese agriculture & agrochemical enterprises

The Chinese pesticide industry has, in general, appeared to pick up since 2016. However, agrochemical enterprises still face many challenges with policy, environmental and market issues. This paper addresses the general development of Chinese agriculture as well as future trends among Chinese pesticide manufacturers. Imbalance between food security and resources   China has a population […]

Glyphosate: Mixed reactions to possible EU ten-year approval

There have been mixed reactions to the European Commission’s confirmation that it plans to suggest a ten-year renewal period for the glyphosate herbicide, with farmers calling for a full 15-year approval and some Members of the European Parliament arguing against any renewal. The Commission has yet to finalise a proposal, but an “information note” was presented […]

EU updates list of biocide ais in review

The European Commission has issued an updated list of active ingredients that are still going through the EU review of existing biocides, which includes non-crop pesticides. The update applies to a list dating from 2014. It removes ais that did not receive any notifications from companies willing to support them through the review. A list […]

EU to set new approval criteria for low-risk pesticides in a bid to boost approvals of biological and naturally occurring pesticides.

The European Commission is to clarify and extend the scope of active ingredients that may be considered as “low-risk” substances, in a bid to boost approvals of biological and naturally occurring pesticides. Micro-organisms, baculoviruses and semiochemicals will be considered as low risk, unless specific concerns are identified, while naturally occurring substances will be exempted from […]