January 23, 2017

EPA Expands Registration of Enlist Duo to 34 States

The EPA has expanded the geography for application of Enlist Duo herbicide from 15 to 34 states. This means Enlist Duo can be applied to Enlist corn and soybeans on the majority of U.S. corn and soybean acres, once all necessary state registrations are received.

EnlistThe Enlist weed control system allows growers to use Enlist Duo herbicide — a combination of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline. This gives growers more flexibility and better performance in their weed control programs. In the United States, more than 90 million acres are infested with resistant and hard-to-control weeds.

Growers are searching for solutions that are effective and easy to use.

“With the Enlist system, weeds no longer have the upper hand,” says John Chase, Enlist commercial leader. “Growers can use multiple modes of action that deliver proven results, controlling even glyphosate-resistant weeds in the field.”

Enlist Duo controls tough weeds and features Colex-D technology, which provides four key benefits to growers:

Minimized potential for physical drift: Compared with a tank mix of traditional 2,4-D and glyphosate, Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D technology reduces physical drift by up to 90 percent when applied with a low-drift nozzle.

Near-zero volatility: With new 2,4-D choline, volatility is reduced by 96 percent compared with 2,4-D ester,

Also – low odor, and improved handling characteristics.

The EPA registration means corn, soybean and cotton growers can take advantage of this new formulation to handle their tough weeds and limit the potential for off-target herbicide movement, once necessary state registrations are received.

Dow AgroSciences is fully prepared to launch Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans upon receipt of pending import approvals. The Enlist cotton trait will be available this spring in a number of high-yielding PhytoGen brand varieties.

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USDA’s Farm Service Agency Expands Bridges to Opportunity Nationwide

USDA FSAThe Farm Service Agency today announced the expansion of a unique service for farmers and ranchers. FSA’s Bridges to Opportunity program provides a one-stop-shop that connects producers with resources, programs and educational services offered across the department, as well as from other USDA partner organizations. Bridges to Opportunity, which currently provides enhanced customer support to more than 150,000 customers in 20 states, will expand to serve customers across the country before the end of the month using fiscal year 2016 funds.

“By partnering with numerous local, state, regional and national agricultural organizations, FSA employees now can provide farmers and ranchers with comprehensive information about resources, grants, courses, events and activities provided throughout USDA and from external partner organizations,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “Bridges to Opportunity is another example of how USDA is working to reconnect people to their government and provide enhanced services to farmers and ranchers, who, in turn, provide our nation and the world with safe, affordable and reliable food, fuel and fiber.”

FSA’s presence in over 2,100 county offices, in nearly every rural county, puts the agency in a unique position to partner with non-governmental organizations to reach thousands of agricultural producers who can benefit from the programs and services.  Bridges to Opportunity allows FSA employees to search and obtain a list of all local, state, regional and nation organizations that may be able assist local producers with their specific need.  For example, FSA’s Houston County office in Texas partnered with many agricultural organizations to serve producers affected by severe drought.  When drought-stricken agricultural producers came to the county office looking for assistance, FSA employees were able to provide traditional services, such as the Livestock Forage Program and the Emergency loan program administered by FSA, as well as connect local farmers with local, regional, and national organizations that provide drought assistance and education.

Bridges to Opportunity was developed by FSA to provide producers with a more comprehensive customer service experience by connecting them with other USDA agencies and nonfederal partners. Through Bridges to Opportunity, FSA county office employees have the tools to connect farmers, ranchers and anyone interested in agriculture with customized expertise on topics ranging including organic production, beginning farmer resources, integrated pest management, disaster assistance, conservation practices, agricultural educational courses, loans, grants and other financial assistance that can start, grow or benefit farming and ranching operations.

“Bridges to Opportunity embodies FSA’s modernized approach to customer service. By providing a broader array of resources than FSA or USDA alone, FSA is bringing farmers and ranchers one step closer to achieving their version of the American Dream,” said Dolcini.

For more information about Bridges to Opportunity, please contact your local FSA county office. To locate your FSA county office, please see https://offices.usda.gov/.

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Executives Say Bayer AG – Monsanto Merger Still on Track

On a quarterly earnings call Thursday morning, Monsanto executives told reporters that the company’s planned $57 billion sale to Bayer AG is still on track.

Monsanto agreed in September to a sweetened $128-per-share offer from Bayer that, if approved by federal regulators, would create a company commanding more than a quarter of the world market for seeds and pesticides.

Monsanto-Logo-300x250On the call, Monsanto reported net income of $29 million, or 7 cents a share, compared to the year-prior’s net loss of $253 million, or 56 cents a share.

In a separate “Pipeline Showcase” press conference with the media, Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robb Fraley shared his thoughts on the merger.

The companies have pitched the deal as uniting Monsanto’s expertise in crop genetics with Bayer’s vast pesticide portfolio.

 Monsanto – Robb Fraley

In other merger news this week, European regulators have extended their deadline for a decision on ChemChina’s proposed purchase of Syngenta until April 12. The European Commission opened an in-depth review of the $43 billion deal in October.  Syngenta said in a statement that the two companies asked for the extra time to adequately work through the transaction’s details.

 

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