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Andy Beer

London
Andy Beer is the Deputy Editor at Agrow. His specialisms are in business and product developments (agrochemicals and GM crops) in North America, Australasia and Japan.

Andy briefly served as UK Editor in 1995 and spent a year as North American Editor 1997/98. He has spent much of his career specialising in US legal and regulatory issues. His main focus now is on business and product news.

Andy compiles the annual top 20 ranking of agrochemical companies and monthly round-ups of M&A activity and new active ingredient approvals/launches.

He has a BSc in agricultural botany.
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Meiogenix invests in US/European maize improvement project

French biotechnology company Meiogenix (Paris) has invested over $1 million in a research programme involving US and European scientists aimed at improving maize breeding through targeted genetic recombination. 

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Australia warns of coronavirus effect on agchem supplies

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has warned of possible disruption to the supply of agricultural and veterinary chemicals from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

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Canada OKs Syngenta’s Ference insecticide

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has approved Syngenta’s insecticide, Ference (cyantraniliprole), for use on turf and ornamentals.

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Syngenta debuts Vibrance RST in US

Syngenta has introduced the fungicidal seed treatment, Vibrance RST (azoxystrobin + fludioxonil + metalaxyl-M + sedaxane), for use on rice in the US.

Syngenta Fungicides

MFG Chemical

US specialty chemical company MFG Chemical (Dalton, Georgia) has appointed Paul Turgeon as president and CEO. He succeeds Keith Arnold who has held the position since 2017.

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S&W Seed to acquire Pasture Genetics

US seed company S&W Seed (Longmont, Colorado) has agreed to acquire the Australian pasture seed company, Pasture Genetics (Wingfield, South Australia). 

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