Without competition in the marketplace, price incentives aren’t required to attract producers. Reuters/Brendan McDermid/Ina Fassbender photos

Mergers reduce competition, innovation

Producers have a right to be concerned that the mergers of Monsanto with Bayer and PotashCorp with Agrium, if they go through, will eliminate competition and drive up input prices. If you compare farm cash receipts in Manitoba with the federal government’s Farm Input Price Index, starting in 2004 (which is the base line year), […] Read more

A trader works at the post where Monsanto Co. is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. The company’s proposed sale to Bayer is ringing few alarm bells among major U.S. farm groups.  | REUTERS/Brendan McDermid photo

U.S. farm groups unfazed by recent mergers

Some of the bigger organizations actually see benefits in the proposed consolidation in the chemical and seed sector

Some of the biggest farm organizations in the United States are surprisingly at ease with all the mergers going on in the crop input business. A number of them testified last week at the U.S. Senate judiciary committee’s hearings on consolidation in the seed and agrochemical industry. The American Farm Bureau, which is the largest […] 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

Potash Corp, the world's biggest crop nutrient company by capacity and Agrium, North America's largest farm retailer, said the combined entity would be largest crop nutrient company in the world. | File photo

Potash Corp, Agrium to merge to create $36 billion company

Sept 12 (Reuters) – Canada’s Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc agreed to combine in a deal that would create a fertilizer giant with an enterprise value of about $36 billion but also draw scrutiny from U.S. regulators. Potash Corp, the world’s biggest crop nutrient company by capacity and Agrium, North America’s largest […] Read more


Potash Corp of Saskatchewan's Patience Lake mine, near Humboldt. Agrium Inc. and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc. confirmed Tuesday they are in preliminary merger talks. | File photo

Agrium, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan confirm merger talks

Agrium Inc. and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc. confirmed Tuesday they are in preliminary merger talks. Agrium is North America’s major distributor of agricultural products and produces nitrogen, potash and phosphate fertilizer. PotashCorp is the world’s largest potash producer with five mines in Saskatchewan, as well as nitrogen and phosphate operations. Both issued statements saying […] Read more

The multinational companies that dominate the global seed and crop protection industry are consolidating.  |  File photo

It’s all about size in global marketplace

Since late last summer, Big Seed’s big players have looked more like anxious high school kids hoping to pair off for the senior prom than international businesses investing in new products and markets. The first to go courting was Monsanto. Last August, it offered nearly $46 billion for its Swiss classmate, Syngenta, only to be […] Read more

SumOfUs is an international consumer watchdog group that spearheaded the petition. The group sent the petition to Bayer CEO, Werner Baumann, and intends to deliver the document to regulatory authorities in the United States and Europe. | SumOfUs.org screencap

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


DowDuPont will be three companies instead of one or two, breaking the business into an agriculture division, a science based industrial products company and a materials science company that creates specialty products.

Dow and DuPont propose merger, making farm inputs powerhouse

Dow Chemical Company and DuPont Company announced pending nuptials this morning for their agricultural inputs children and two others. DowDuPont will become three companies instead of one or two, breaking the business into an agriculture division, a science based industrial products company and a materials science company that creates specialty products. On a conference call […] Read more

Greg McDonald, standing in front of a wall mural with the company logo, says United Suppliers Canada’s, new relationships will improve its members product and service offerings.  |  William DeKay photo

Crop input dealers grow

A collection of independent crop input dealers that recently changed its name could soon be adopting yet another moniker. Grow Community of Independents became United Suppliers Canada Inc. Sept. 1 to reflect its new partnership with a large customer-owned wholesaler of crop input products headquartered in Ames, Iowa. Grow was a network of 17 independent […] Read more