CHEMICAL BRIEFS

CHEMICAL BRIEFS

BILL ENCOURAGES CUT

IN FARM CHEMICAL USEThe head of the Senate Agriculture Committee Monday urged a more than tenfold boost in funding for research programs to encourage U.S. farmers to use fewer chemicals on crops.

The bill introduced Monday by Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would authorize $50 million in federal spending on so-called "low-input sustainable agriculture" programs. Current funding is $4.5 million, which is equal to the amount requested by President Bush for the 1990 farm bill.

Some of the funding Sen. Leahy proposes would be used to set up state- federal grant programs to aid sustainable agriculture research, extension and education projects.

ALLIED-SIGNAL PLANS

FACTORY IN THAILAND

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Allied-Signal Inc. of Morris Township, N.J., said it will build a plant in Thailand to produce copper-clad laminates for computer circuit boards.

Construction will begin in September 1990, with commercial production scheduled to start in early 1992.

The new facility, located south of Bangkok in Chonburi, will be operated by Allied-Signal's Norplex/Oak division and will supply customers in the Pacific Rim, including Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

CHARTWELL DIRECTORS

TO JOIN AVON BOARD

NEW YORK - Avon Products Inc., the embattled cosmetics giant that has been trying to fight off uninvited callers, said Monday it has agreed to nominate two directors proposed by unwanted suitor Chartwell Associates L.P. to its board.

Chartwell previously said it would make a bid for Avon if the group's candidates were elected to Avon's board.

Chartwell Associates owns about 7.5 percent of Avon's voting shares and about 9.9 percent of Avon's common shares.

New York-based Avon said it settled the proxy contest initiated by Chartwell by agreeing to nominate the two directors proposed by Chartwell as well as two incumbent Avon directors to Avon's board at its annual meeting May 3.