Bayer has won approval in the United States for its  takeover of Monsanto after agreeing to sell about US$9 billion in assets. | Flickr photo

Bayer wins U.S. nod for Monsanto deal to create agriculture giant

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Bayer has won approval in the United States for its planned takeover of Monsanto after agreeing to sell about US$9 billion in assets. It clears a major hurdle for the $62.5 billion deal that will create by far the largest seeds and pesticides maker. Makan Delrahim, who heads the U.S. Justice Department’s […] Read more

Bayer won U.S. approval for its planned takeover of Monsanto after agreeing to sell about $9 billion in assets, clearing a major hurdle for the $62.5 billion deal that will create by far the largest seeds and pesticides maker. | Screencap via www.advancingtogether.com

Bayer wins U.S. nod for Monsanto deal to create agriculture giant

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bayer won U.S. approval for its planned takeover of Monsanto after agreeing to sell about $9 billion in assets, clearing a major hurdle for the $62.5 billion deal that will create by far the largest seeds and pesticides maker. Makan Delrahim, who heads the U.S. Justice Department’s (DoJ) Antitrust Division, said the […] Read more

The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank recently published a report that said the evolution of bigger, more intensively capitalized and operated buyers can help the farmers who supply them and isn’t necessarily the problem many assume.  |  File photo

Mega-merger aftermath examining the fallout

Some economists are taking the unconventional position that an agriculture industry that is concentrating into bigger, richer players could be better for producers in some ways

Farmers are shackled to supply chains held by fewer and fewer masters. Two giant grain companies control half of all grain handled in Canada, with the five biggest firms probably moving more than 75 percent. A handful of packers process almost all the pigs and cattle. Two railways move the vast bulk of both crops […] Read more


Archer Daniels Midland is the only major multinational grain company not crushing soybeans in Argentina.  |  Purdue Agricultural Communication/Tom Campbell photo

Bunge’s Argentine plants behind ADM bid

Soybean crushing facilities are said to be the key reason why Archer Daniels Midland is attempting to take over Bunge

ROSARIO, Argentina/CHICAGO, (Reuters) — On the banks of the Parana River, machines hum 24 hours a day in Argentina’s grain ports, churning out soybean-based animal feed and shooting it straight into the hulls of ships bound for buyers worldwide. The wind stirs up fine meal dust, creating a protein-filled haze. Rosario is the biggest soybean-crushing […] Read more

The benefits for farmers of deals such as Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto have been questioned recently.  |  REUTERS/Ina Fassbender photo

Mergers said bad for farmers

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The third of three big mergers in the agriculture seed and chemical business is nearing completion, and that is not good news for farmers, says the head of a network of growers. Reuters is reporting that the European Union is poised to give its approval to Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto before its […] Read more


Rosario is the biggest soy-crushing hub in the Americas, where 22 plants
process 157,500 tonnes of soybeans per day into soyoil and feed that
fattens livestock in markets from the United Kingdom to Indonesia. | Screencap via www.nabsa.com.ar

Bunge’s coveted Argentina plants lure ADM takeover approach

ROSARIO, Argentina/CHICAGO (Reuters) – On the banks of the Parana River, machines hum 24 hours a day in Argentina’s grain ports, churning out soy-based animal feed and shooting it straight into the hulls of ships bound for buyers worldwide. The wind stirs up fine meal dust, creating a protein-filled haze. Rosario is the biggest soy-crushing […] Read more

Initially announced in 2016, the merger between the two Canadian-based international companies received final regulatory approval from the United States Federal Trade Commission the last week of December. The new company, Nutrien, was officially formed as of Jan. 1. In order for the merger to go through the companies had to receive clearance from Canada, India and China, as well as the U.S. | Screencap via www.nutrien.com

Agrium, Potash Corp merger shouldn’t have much of an impact yet

WINNIPEG (CNS) – Farmers shouldn’t be too concerned yet that the recent Agrium, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan merger will cause an increase in the price of fertilizer, at least according to the president of one provincial producer group. “(The merger is) a hard one to find a whole bunch of negatives or positives about it. […] Read more

MacDon’s history of providing rugged and unique harvest tools for small grains and oilseeds producers stretches back through modern agriculture’s history. Products like this 972 draper header being updated at Rocky Mountain Equipment in Oyen, Alta., are good examples of long-term reliability of brand.  |  File photo

Autoparts maker buys MacDon; sees ‘growth potential’ in ag

An Ontario company is buying MacDon Industries, a Winnipeg manufacturer of agricultural equipment known for its windrowers and headers, for $1.2 billion. Linamar, based in Guelph, Ont., manufactures auto parts, Skyjack lift equipment and since 1992 with the acquisition of Hungarian farm machinery builder, Mezogep, has produced combine headers under the Harvestec brand. “MacDon is […] Read more


Linamar, based in Guelph, Ont., manufactures auto parts, Skyjack lift equipment and corn and sunflower headers under the Harvestec brand. | Screencap via www.linamar.com

Ont. manufacturer buys MacDon for $1.2 billion

An Ontario company is buying MacDon Industries, a Winnipeg manufacturer of agricultural equipment known for its windrowers and headers, for $1.2 billion. Linamar, based in Guelph, Ont., manufactures auto parts, Skyjack lift equipment and corn and sunflower headers under the Harvestec brand. “MacDon is an innovative market leader.… They have number one market share in […] Read more

BASF has agreed to buy almost all of Bayer's seed assets, its LibertyLink trait and its glufosinate herbicide business for US$7 billion. The deal is contingent on Bayer completing its acquisition of Monsanto. | Screencap via www.cropscience.bayer.us/products/traits/libertylink

BASF to acquire LibertyLink from Bayer

BASF is getting into the seed business in a big way. “It’s an exciting step that further demonstrates our long-term commitment to Canadian agriculture,” said Ron Kehler, business director, crop protection, at BASF Canada. The chemical company has agreed to buy almost all of Bayer’s seed assets, its LibertyLink trait and its glufosinate herbicide business […] Read more