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Evolva and Valent BioSciences to co-develop agricultural bioactives

Evolva and Valent BioSciences Corporation (VBC), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Company, have signed an exclusive agreement to co-develop and commercialise a class of high-value active ingredients for use as next-generation agricultural bioactives.


Dow Chemical to cut up to 1,750 jobs

Dow Chemical Co. said it would cut 1,500 to 1,750 jobs, or as much as 3 percent of its global workforce, as part of a broader plan to reduce costs by $1 billion over three years.


Glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth confirmed in SW Nebraska

Palmer amaranth continues to cause significant problems in the Mid-South and has rapidly spread throughout the Midwest. As of 2015, glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in Georgia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, New Mexico, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Virginia, Kansas, Texas, Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, and Wisconsin.


Ag groups petition Congress to protect agricultural innovation

A coalition of more than 80 agricultural industry organizations, universities and others recently signed a letter to Congress stating opposition to any budget or appropriations amendments that would “undermine agricultural producers’ access to technology or restrict or malign the commercial development of modern plant or animal agricultural applications, including biotechnology.”


Kimberly-Clark to use wheat straw in paper products

Kimberly-Clark Professional announced the launch of GreenHarvest products, a new offering that incorporates rapidly renewable plant-based fiber, such as wheat straw and bamboo, into Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products.


Cattle futures boosted by spot market strength Monday

Fine planting weather depressed corn futures again Monday. The grain industry expects today’s USDA Crop Progress report to indicate a major surge in corn plantings last week and thinks that will continue through this week as well. Not only does the quick planting rate imply relatively high yields if summer conditions are ‘normal,’ farmers typically plant more corn in such circumstances. Persistent futures losses reflect those ideas. July corn futures settled 1.75 cents lower at $3.6125/bushel Monday, while December lost 2.5 to $3.7775.


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