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Transitional ryegrass introduced

Pickseed West has released its new transitional ryegrass: Transist 2200. Specifically designed for overseeding and nurse-grass applications, Transist 2200 is the result of a patent-pending process involving an eight-year series of crosses between annual and perennial ryegrass. It establishes rapidly developing dense turf in the fall and transitions out quickly and completely in the spring. For more information, visit www.pickseed.com.

Syngenta and Bayer reach agreement on patent dispute

Syngenta AG and Bayer AG have reached an agreement on their intellectual property disputes in nicotinoid chemistry, which are the subject of legal proceedings in the United States, Europe and Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, Syngenta will pay Bayer $120 million in return for full access to crop protection and related markets worldwide.

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“Thiamethoxam's worldwide potential can now be fully realized particularly in the major agricultural markets. We are pleased to have resolved these complex issues and to have reached this agreement with Bayer,” said John Atkin, chief operating officer of Syngenta Crop Protection. Syngenta's thiamethoxam brands include several agricultural products, as well as turf and ornamental insecticides planned for future release.

“Reaching an agreement on this lengthy patent dispute was not easy but we are convinced that this is in the best interest of our customers,” said Jochen Wulff, president and CEO of Bayer's crop protection division. Bayer will continue to serve all markets with its imidacloprid-based insecticides (including Merit).

Landmark sues government over activist money

Landmark Legal Foundation has filed three lawsuits against government agencies to force them to release information about hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds paid to the Nature Conservancy, the Environmental Defense Fund, the World Wildlife Fund and other activist environmental groups.

The lawsuits, which have been filed against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (USDA), were brought because the agencies failed to respond to earlier Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by Landmark. The Foundation sought the information after a Sacramento Bee article in October detailed how more than $400 million in federal grants and other payments since 1998 may have been misused or used to advance the political agendas of environmental activists. “America's taxpayers have a right to know if their money is being used to feather the political nests of radical environmental groups,” commented Landmark President Mark R. Levin. “And the agencies of our government have a responsibility to ensure that the money it pays to private organizations is used appropriately, and not to lobby lawmakers or spin public perception to achieve the groups' political goals.”

The complaints Landmark filed against the EPA, the BLM and the USDA are available on Landmark's Web site at http://www.landmarklegal.org.

EU Committee backs chemical phaseouts

The European Parliament's Environment Committee has approved a report calling for “all hazardous chemicals” to be phased out by 2020 and backed a proposal for tightened registration, evaluation and authorization systems for both existing and new chemicals. The report is expected to face considerable opposition, as the Environment Committee rejected hundreds of amendments that would have moderated the proposal. The policies, if approved, would seriously undermine the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. Additional information can be found at Fred Singer's Web site at www.sepp.org.

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