Slideshow: Crop Protection, Plant Health Companies Highlight Tour of Spain and Italy

Agriculture in Spain and Italy is changing. Regulatory concerns, a growing interest in biological solutions, including biostimulants, climate change, and a host of other issues have been changing the way growers do their thing. And, in turn, the companies that provide them crop protection products have begun to adjust to the new normal. On a recent visit to these two EU countries, AgriBusiness Global spoke with representatives from several companies to learn about how the markets are changing.

This slideshow is just a snapshot of our visit. Look for a full market report in the May/June issue of AgriBusiness Global.

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Europe

Agrichemicals

Bayer Outlines Vision for Future for Ag

The company intends to broadly launch FarmRise in India in 2019, with additional expansion plans in the future for Asia, Africa and South America.

Agrichemicals

How Higher Tier Testing Would Answer the Neonicotinoid Question

Fera Science has built Europe’s largest free flow mesocosm to test the impact crop protection chemicals like pesticides and biocides have on aquatic ecosystems.

Europe

Heat, Drought Challenge BASF Production, Logistics

Due to the persistent high temperatures and low water levels in the Rhine, BASF SE announced on Aug. 6 has to adjust production and logistics at its Ludwigshafen site.

Adjuvants

Exosect Grants Monsanto License for Formulation Product

UK-based Exosect Ltd. announced it has granted Monsanto Company a license to use its Entostat technology for the delivery of select agricultural biologicals as seed treatments.

Biopesticides

3 Questions with BioTecnologie BT’s Piffanelli on EU Regulatory Environment

BioTecnologie BT is a Perugia, Italy-based contract research organization (CRO) specialized in the regulatory testing of biopesticides and biostimulants.

Agrichemicals

BASF Submits Dossiers for Two Herbicides

BASF announced it has submitted the regulatory dossier for Luximo herbicide in the European Union and in Australia, and for Tirexor herbicide in Australia.

Americas

AMVAC Acquires Bayer’s Bromacil Business

The assets being purchased include the Bromacil trademarks and product registrations for sale of Hyvar and Krovar in the USA and Canada.

Agrichemicals

As Agchem Complexity Grows, Specialists Take Off Some of the Heat

Chemical companies increasingly are using specialist suppliers to outsource the process development and production of complex new molecules.

Biopesticides

FMC, Chr. Hansen Extend Collaboration on Natural Crop Protection

FMC Corp. and Chr. Hansen have announced a five-year extension of their collaboration to develop and commercialize natural solutions for the agricultural industry.

Africa/Middle East

Bayer Closes Monsanto Acquisition

Bayer successfully completed the acquisition of Monsanto on Thursday. Shares in the U.S. company will no longer be traded on

Africa/Middle East

Bayer Plans Closing of Monsanto Acquisition on June 7

Bayer plans to complete the acquisition of Monsanto on June 7, following the receipt of all required approvals from regulatory

Valagro-Prem-Warrior
Asia

Italy’s Valagro Seeks Expansion in India

Valagro, the Italy-based biostimulants and specialty nutrients company, is exploring partnerships and acquisitions in India as it looks to expand its footprint in the country.

Biopesticides

Tradecorp Acquires Spain’s Idai Nature

Idai Nature is currently present in 35 countries and has posted annual growth of more than 30% in recent years. The company’s consolidated revenues amount to 16 million euros.

Americas

Major GNSS Project to Boost Potential for ‘Satellite’ Farming in Brazil

The University of Nottingham is working with Brazilian and EU partners to solve atmospheric interference problems that hamper satellite-based positioning

Agrichemicals

China Plant Shutdowns Hurt Helm Results

The company said its Crop Protection business was faced with markets exhibiting weak growth momentum overall in 2017.

Agrichemicals

Bayer: Disappointing Verdict Requires In-Depth Analysis

Bayer will assess the verdict’s consequences and potential legal options.

Agrichemicals

EU Court Backs Ban on Three Neonicotinoids

General Court of the European Union said it "confirms the validity of the restrictions introduced at EU level in 2013 clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid because of the risks those substances pose to bees."

Europe

The Spanish Distribution Chain for Agricultural Inputs

Spain has about 50 major companies that are importing or formulating solutions for growers, says Ana Santillana, Associate Director of

Europe

The Crop Protection Product and Plant Health Markets of Italy and Spain

The crop protection and biological products markets of Spain and Italy are critical to ensuring the rest of Europe has