Dec 23, 2010
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Syngenta-Pioneer license, Novozymes purchase of EMD Crop BioScience 17

Cooperation and acquisitions continue in the seed and crop protection business. Syngenta and DuPont just signed a corn rootworm trait licensing agreement. And Novozymes purchased the Crop BioScience business from Merck KGaA. These two events are part of a growing business model that involves competitors cooperating. Syngenta-Pioneer Syngenta has agreed to license its Agrisure corn rootworm trait to DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred. This deal could be worth over $400 million in cumulative payments, according to a news release from both companies....More
Dec 23, 2010
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Challenge to RFS2 denied

A decision by a U.S. District Court of Appeals sends a clear signal to the market that "common-sense renewable goals established in the RFS2 program will be met."...More
Dec 20, 2010
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Minimal impact from GLONASS launch failure

  A launch failure that sent three GLONASS satellites to the bottom the Pacific Ocean in early December is expected to have little impact on Corn Belt farmers who use sophisticated navigation technology that accesses the Russian satellite system....More
Dec 17, 2010
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President Obama signs tax law, extends biofuels incentives for another year

An unnecessary subsidy or a necessity for boosting advanced biofuel technologies? Thoughts on the extension of tax incentives for biofuels vary widely....More
Dec 13, 2010
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Syngenta Seeds to license soybean germplasm through GreenLeaf Genetics

Independent seed companies will have access to Syngenta soybean germplasm through GreenLeaf Genetics. The varieties initially offered will combine Syngenta soybean genetics with the Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield trait. Independent seed companies will be able to plant these initial varieties for testing and production in 2011. Companies will be required to have a Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield license from Monsanto....More
Dec 13, 2010
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On-farm precision testing program expands 1

  The on-farm cropping practices testing network started by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) in 2000 continues to grow. In 2011, farmers working with On-Farm Network programs expect to conduct cornstalk nitrate testing and/or field-scale replicated strip trials in at least 10 states, including newcomer Missouri. Other states with On-Farm Network programs include Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia....More
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