US grain cos tighten GMO policy, eye Syngenta corn

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CHICAGO, – Major U.S. grain companies have tightened curbs on genetically modified grains not yet approved by foreign markets, with some singling out one popular corn variety made by Syngenta (SYNN.VX), fearing any trace of the biotech grain in shipments could shut off export markets. The action was taken just weeks before the U.S. corn…


Bunge banned Syngenta corn ‘to save China trade’

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Bunge’s decision to ban corn grown from cutting-edge Syngenta seed – a curb which has sparked a legal battle – was imposed for fear of damaging America’s nascent exports of the grain to China, the crop processor said. Soren Schroder, the chief executive of Bunge’s North America division, said he was "surprised and disappointed" that…


Syngenta sues grain elevator over biotech corn ban

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Seed maker Syngenta is suing a grain elevator operator that has banned the company’s biotech corn. Bunge North America, which operates grain elevators across North America, including one in Council Bluffs, recently posted notices that it would not accept corn planted with Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera seed, The Sioux City Journal reported Tuesday. In the lawsuit…


Syngenta calls time on fall in agrichemical prices

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Syngenta called time on the two-year slide in farmers’ agrichemical bills, announcing that it was raising prices "across the business" by levels above that suggested by increased raw material costs. The seeds and sprays giant revealed that its prices had stopped falling in the April-to-June quarter, breaking a trend dating back to mid-2009, when the…


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