24.11.2006

T-Systems International, Inc., of San Diego, California and Chapin Watermatics, Inc. of Watertown, New York, announced on November 20th that they have amicably resolved their dispute over T-Systems’ patented drip irrigation technology featuring a flow regulating channel and single slit outlet port. As part of that resolution, Chapin has taken a license to several of T-Systems’ U.S. and international product and manufacturing patents, and the parties have agreed that for the next seven and a half years they will not be resorting to litigation with each other over drip tape products.

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20.10.2006

Chile's SQM, which produces potassium nitrate and sulphate (NOP and SOP) and the world's leading producer of iodine and lithium, saw its stock rise sharply on Wednesday, 18 Oct, after local press reports said Canada's PotashCorp had increased its ownership in the company. 

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17.10.2006

Haifa Chemicals recently announced its new capability of supplying Greenhouse Grade Calcium Nitrate. As of early October 2006, Haifa steadily supplied this product at a capacity of several tens of thousands metric tons per year. The new production originates from a Joint Venture set up 3 years ago in Romania with the Romanian company Azumoresh. The deal included the supply of the Know-how by Haifai Chemicals. While Azumoresh manufactures the product, Haifa has got the exclusive marketing rights worldwide. This Greenhouse Grade Calcium Nitrate comes in addition to Haifa’s Calcium Nitrate Agri-Grade, available to the international marketplace for several years now.

17.10.2006

The Sulphate of Potash Information Board (SOPIB- whose members are: Great Salt Lake Minerals Corporation, K+S Kali GmbH, SQM SA and Tessenderlo Chemie NV/SA.) recently announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously decided to share the annual SOPIB International Award equally between Dr. Abd El Hadi from the Agricultural Research Centre in Cairo - Egypt and Dr. El Kadi from the Desert Research Centre in Cairo - Egypt. The SOPIB International Award is presented each year in recognition of research that has led to a significant advance in the use of potassium sulphate to increase crop production and/or quality.

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17.10.2006

The rapid development of emerging greenhouse technologies in covering materials, structures, plant biotechnologies, crop management, and greenhouse automation, requires that the horticulture community, better understand how these technologies interact with each other and eventually how their effects can be efficiently controlled using innovative strategies. An interdisciplinary group of scientists and industry with interests in plant production, greenhouse engineering, and business development, will convene GreenSYS2007 - High Technology for Greenhouse System Management (High Tech. for Green. Man.), a conference in which crop, environment, management, education, and business development are considered as inter-related aspects of the high technology greenhouse system. New Ag International will be the official partner magazine of the event and will promote the event on a world wide scale.

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17.10.2006

During its Extraordinary General Assembly that took place in September, the EIA decided to transfer the EIA Headquarters from Mont de Marsan (South West France) to Aix en Provence (South East of France). Such move will facilitate communication within the EIA governing bodies and the contact with a number of members. During the same meeting, Jan Carlo di Paola, the current President of the EIA, announced that he wished to resign from the position.

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29.07.2006

To all Haifa colleagues, suppliers and distributors

As you may know the northern part of Israel, along the Lebanese border, is facing extensive daily rocket attacks, since 15 days ago.
Luckily, Haifa Chemicals has two production sites, one at Haifa Bay and a southern one, in the in the Negev desert.

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20.06.2006

Deere & Company announced on June 19th that it has acquired Roberts Irrigation Products – a manufacturer of high performance plastic micro and drip irrigation products for the agricultural, nursery, and greenhouse markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Roberts Irrigation will continue to be headquartered in San Marcos, CA. The acquisition of Roberts Irrigation provides Deere a foundation to grow its new business initiative in precision water systems.

“Among Deere & Company’s strategic growth opportunities, the water industry is one that makes very good sense,” said Mike McGrady, president of John Deere’s Precision Water Systems. “Water is an important natural resource for customers of John Deere equipment. Management of this limited resource will become even more critical in the future.”

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25.05.2006

Rio Tinto, a world leader in finding, mining and processing the world’s mineral resources, is bringing three of its industrial minerals businesses together under common management to better serve markets. Rio Tinto Borax, the world leader in borate supply and science; Luzenac, the world’s foremost talc producer; and Dampier Salt Ltd., the premier exporter of solar salt will be brought under common management to form Rio Tinto Minerals (RTM). Together with Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium (RTIT), RTM form the Rio Tinto Industrial Minerals Product Group (RTIM). “We are building on our remarkable resource base to achieve efficiencies of scale, and create a platform for growth,” said Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of RTIM and Chairman of RTM and RTIT.

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04.05.2006

Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd, India has announced the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Chapin Watermatics, Inc., Watertown, New York, USA through its second generation wholly owned subsidiary, Jain (Americas), Inc, Ohio, USA.

Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd is a diversified company with more than 3,000 employees and sales in excess of $200 million with a product portfolio encompassing Irrigation Products, Piping Systems, Plastic Sheets, Dehydrated Foods, Fruit Puree, Pulp and Juices and Solar Energy based Thermal and Photovoltaic Systems in India and other world markets. Jain Irrigation has pioneered drip irrigation for small farmers in India and has the majority market share in one of the fastest growing irrigation markets in the world.

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