The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is a man who farms near Moose Jaw and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma five years ago. The farmer contacted Merchant Law Group last September. | File photo

Sask. farmer leads class action glyphosate lawsuit

A Moose Jaw, Sask., farmer who was diagnosed with cancer five years ago is leading a class action lawsuit against Bayer and Monsanto. The lawsuit, filed in Saskatchewan, contends that exposure to Roundup herbicide contributed to his cancer and the cancer of other Canadians participating in the class action. As well, the suit claims Monsanto, […] Read more

A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG's glyphosate-based weed killer caused a man's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in a bellwether trial that may help determine the course of hundreds of similar cases. | File photo

U.S. jury finds Bayer’s Roundup caused man’s cancer

March 19 (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer caused a man’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in a bellwether trial that may help determine the course of hundreds of similar cases. The finding by the unanimous jury in San Francisco federal court clears the way for that same jury to determine […] Read more

Bayer AG faced a second American jury Feb. 25 over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer.
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U.S. trial tests claim chemicals in Roundup caused cancer

(Reuters) — Bayer AG faced a second American jury Feb. 25 over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer. The trial comes six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a US$289 million verdict in California state court. The lawsuit by California resident Edwin Hardeman against the company began in […] Read more


Bayer's $63 billion purchase of U.S. seeds maker Monsanto made its mark on the German company's fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, lifting profit and boding well for the peak season of its enlarged agriculture business. | Bayer photo

Bayer reaps profit lift from Monsanto seeds, consumer health

LEVERKUSEN, Germany, (Reuters) – Bayer’s $63 billion purchase of U.S. seeds maker Monsanto made its mark on the German company’s fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, lifting profit and boding well for the peak season of its enlarged agriculture business. However, mounting litigation risks related to Monsanto still cast a pall over an adjusted core earnings […] Read more

BASF has agreed to buy seed and herbicide businesses from Bayer for 5.9 billion euros (US$7 billion) in cash, as Bayer tries to convince competition authorities to approve its planned acquisition of Monsanto. | Screencap via www.basf.com

BASF to buy Bayer’s seed, herbicide businesses for $7 billion

FRANKFURT, Oct 13 (Reuters) – BASF has agreed to buy seed and herbicide businesses from Bayer for 5.9 billion euros (US$7 billion) in cash, as Bayer tries to convince competition authorities to approve its planned acquisition of Monsanto. BASF, the world’s third-largest maker of crop chemicals, has so far avoided seed assets and instead pursued […] Read more


Bayer's LifeScience Center division, along with biotech firm Ginkgo Bioworks, is forming a startup to focus on developing biological solutions to reduce the use of nitrogen-based fertilizer, or make farmers' use more efficient, company officials said this week. | File photo

Bayer joins in $100 million investment bet on bio fertilizer

CHICAGO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s Bayer AG, one of the world’s biggest agricultural chemical companies, is joining a $100 million bet that the next big breakthrough in crop fertilizers will be found inside a biological Petri dish. Its Bayer LifeScience Center division, along with biotech firm Ginkgo Bioworks, is forming a startup to focus […] Read more

Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. | Bayer photo

Bayer to sell Liberty crop protection brands in Monsanto deal

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seed businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. The divestment of the two global brands, a requirement imposed by South Africa’s Competition Commission, will account for the bulk of asset sales, worth about $2.5 billion, which need to […] Read more

Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. | Bayer photo

Bayer to sell Liberty crop protection brands to get Monsanto deal passed

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. The divestment of the two global brands, a requirement imposed by South Africa’s Competition Commission, will account for the bulk of asset sales, worth about $2.5 billion, which need to […] Read more


The combined Bayer and Monsanto company will have the majority of canola seed acres. | File photo

Monsanto takeover faces tough road

Bayer’s US$66 billion bid for the American company faces opposition among grower groups in Canada and the U.S.

CORRECTION – This story has been edited from its original format. This story contained proprietary information that was inadvertently provided to the Western Producer. That information has been removed. Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto would create a near-monopoly player in the canola industry, drive up seed prices and stifle innovation, say farm groups and analysts. The […] Read more

Headquarters of Bayer's agricultural business (division Crop Science), Monheim, Germany.  Photo: Bayer AG

Bayer to buy Monsanto for $66 billion

Canola was often cited as an example of what a merged Bayer and Monsanto will look like as the companies announced Bayer’s US$66 billion purchase of Monsanto at a New York press conference this morning. Bringing the two farming inputs companies together as one larger entity is hoped to allow them to offer a full […] Read more