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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Latest From Andy Beer
Agriculture departments from the US states of Indiana, Michigan, Oregon and Washington have applied to the EPA for emergency exemptions to allow the use of the unregistered herbicide, pyridate, on mint (peppermint and spearmint).
French genomics company Cellectis’ US plant science subsidiary, Calyxt (Minneapolis, Minnesota), has licensed a new plant gene editing method from the US University of Minnesota.
US biopesticide company Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI – Davis, California) has received US approval for its Reynoutria sachalinensis extract-based biostimulant, Pacesetter, for use on maize, soybeans and wheat.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has granted the world’s first approval to FMC’s herbicide, Overwatch (bixlozone – trade-marked as Isoflex 400 g/litre).
Corteva Agriscience has introduced a new cereal fungicide in Canada based on established active ingredients.
The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has finalised its decision to restrict the use of the organophosphate insecticide, acephate, due to concerns over risks to human health and the environment.