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 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 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 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


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



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


Bayer facility hopes to develop hybrid wheat within 10 years

Bayer CropsScience’s new multimillion-dollar wheat breeding station in central Saskatchewan is expected to produce its first hybrid wheat varieties in about eight years. Company officials said new spring wheat hybrids developed at the station will likely be registered in the first half of the next decade and should be available to commercial growers before 2025. […] Read more


Petition underway to oppose Bayer/Monsanto merger

Over 282,000 people have signed a petition that opposes the proposed Bayer and Monsanto merger. The petition claims a Monsanto/Bayer agrochemical monopoly would threaten world food systems, raise prices for farmers and consumers, and threaten food security for millions of people. SumOfUs is an international consumer watchdog group that spearheaded the petition. The group sent […] Read more