Indian state revokes order to check planting of Monsanto GM cotton

By Mayank Bhardwaj

NEW DELHI, Oct 14 (Reuters) - A leading Indian cotton
producing-state has withdrawn an order asking government
officials to inspect fields planted with an unapproved variety
of genetically modified (GM) cotton developed by Monsanto Co
, the world's No. 1 seed maker.

Farmers in Andhra Pradesh have planted 15 percent of the
cotton area in the state with Bollgard II Roundup Ready Flex
(RRF), prompting the local government on Oct. 5 to form a panel
of officials to inspect the fields of farmers growing RRF.

India's NSL to pursue intellectual property litigation with Monsanto

By Mayank Bhardwaj

NEW DELHI, Oct 14 (Reuters) - India's Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd
(NSL) said on Saturday it will not settle a long-standing
intellectual property dispute with Monsanto Co over
genetically modified (GM) cotton, despite some other Indian
companies doing so in recent weeks.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that three Indian seed makers
- Ajeet Seeds, Kaveri Seed Co Ltd KVRI.NS and Ankur Seeds - have
agreed to resolve differences and end their arbitration
proceedings with Monsanto.

Mercosur wants bigger share of EU beef market in trade deal -Argentine group

By Eliana Raszewski

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina, Oct 13 (Reuters) - One of
Argentina's biggest farm groups said Friday that South America's
Mercosur should be able to export 400,000 tonnes of beef a year
to the European Union under a free-trade deal the two blocs are
negotiating - more than five times the EU's offer.

Luis Etchevehere, the head of the Argentine Rural Society
(SRA), called the EU's proposal to lower tariffs on 70,000
tonnes of beef per year from Mercosur nations as "absurdly
insufficient."

UPDATE 4-U.S. experts doubt EPA curbs on Monsanto, BASF herbicides will halt crop damage

(Recasts throughout; adds comments from pesticide expert,
farmer)

By Emily Flitter and Tom Polansek

NEW YORK/CHICAGO, Oct 13 (Reuters) - U.S. weed specialists
doubted on Friday that new federal restrictions on the use of a
controversial weed killer, sold by Monsanto Co and BASF
, will prevent recurrences next year of crop damage
linked to the chemical.

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Bunge shares jump after WSJ reports Glencore standstill agreement

Oct 13 (Reuters) - Shares of U.S. commodities trader Bunge
Ltd surged on Friday after the Wall Street Journal
reported that Glencore PLC had a standstill agreement
that temporarily prevents the Swiss company from making a
hostile bid for Bunge.

Bunge had rebuffed a takeover approach by Glencore in May.
Speculation has swirled for months that Glencore would make
another takeover approach. The standstill agreement suggests it
is still interested in a deal and may be only biding its time,
the newspaper said.

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