Democratic presidential candidates are trying to make agribusiness consolidation into a campaign issue, and some Republicans as well as farmers also worry that recent mergers are increasingly making it harder for growers to make a profit.
The Trump administration’s approach to mergers and acquisitions in the agriculture-related industries appears to follow the antitrust enforcement policies of previous administrations, in the view of a former Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust lawyer.
The Arkansas State Plant Board voted 10-3 Wednesday to ban dicamba use between April 16 and Oct. 31 next year, a move that was fiercely opposed by Monsanto, which sells dicamba-tolerant seed and a low-volatility dicamba herbicide designed to kill Roundup-resistant weeds.
The latest action in a growing season dominated by dicamba will be in Little Rock today when the Arkansas State Plant Board considers whether to severely restrict use of formulations that contain the volatile herbicide.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2017 – EPA has added new conditions for dicamba use in the 2018 growing season in response to widespread damage to soybeans attributed to the herbicide this year. The changes, which were proposed by manufacturers, will allow continued “over the top” use of the herbicide on cotton and soybeans in 34 states.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2017 - Representatives from all segments of the solar industry, including American manufacturers, testified in a remedy hearing last week before the U.S. International Trade Commission following an ITC ruling that a flood of solar panel imports from abroad had hurt the U.S. industry.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2017 – The Environmental Protection Agency is considering adopting new label language for dicamba herbicides to reduce the potential for soybean damage, estimated this season at more than 3 million acres throughout the South and Midwest.
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2017 – DuPont and Dow Chemical say they’ve gotten approval from the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division for their merger, a combination that will create the world’s largest crop protection and seeds company.