Bayer Environmental Science Retains Fipronil

Bayer Environmental Science announces the company can continue to market the active ingredient fipronil and its mixtures to the turf and ornamental market. The announcement stems from Bayer CropScience AG’s recent agreement on the divestiture of selected insecticides and fungicides to BASF AG.

Bayer Environmental Science says the company retains back-licenses for certain non-agricultural applications. Fipronil serves as the active ingredient for Chipco TopChoice and Chipco Choice and a fire ant bait, all of which are intended to be used in and are labeled exclusively for professional markets.

“Fipronil is a key growth driver and offers tremendous opportunity as we further expand our position in the turf and ornamental market,” says Jim Fetter, director of marketing, Bayer Environmental Science. “We are excited now that the transcaction is finalized and look forward to continuing to provide our customers with innovative fipronil insecticides that can be included in their arsendal of effective control products. Chipco TopChoice has been extremely well received by the industry since its launch last year, and offers a totally new approach to managing fire ant infestations. We view fipronil as an important foundation block in our comprehensive product and service portfolio.”

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