Monsanto Co., which is in the process of being bought by Germany's Bayer AG for $66 billion, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit today, helped by strong demand for its soybean and corn seeds. | File photo

Monsanto Q2 profit jumps on strong demand for seeds

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — U.S. seeds and agrochemicals company Monsanto Co., which is in the process of being bought by Germany’s Bayer AG for $66 billion, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit today, helped by strong demand for its soybean and corn seeds. Monsanto’s shares were up 1.6 percent at $115.84 after earlier hitting a 22-month […] Read more

Monsanto has secured approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a new formulation dicamba-based weed killer designed for its next generation biotech soy and cotton varieties. | File photo

EPA approves Monsanto’s dicamba weed killer

Nov 9 (Reuters) – U.S. seeds and agrochemicals maker Monsanto Co has secured approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a new formulation dicamba-based weed killer designed for its next generation biotech soy and cotton varieties, the company said on Wednesday. The dicamba-tolerant trait in soybeans and cotton was approved in 2015, and the […] Read more

Anti-Monsanto protests, like this one in Saskatoon in 2013, are indicative of the intense opposition to the company by some members of the public.  |  File photo

Bayer may give GMO new lease on life

Putting Monsanto out of its misery could shift future debates about genetically modified crops to arguments based on fact rather than emotion. Agricultural chemical and seed technology giant Monsanto is arguably the most detested company in the world. But Bayer’s acquisition of St. Louis-based Monsanto will likely mean the latter (or at least its brand) […] 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


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

Monsanto said on Tuesday that the report, issued on Friday by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), was biased and contradicts regulatory findings that the ingredient, glyphosate, is safe when used as labelled. | File photo

Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer

(Reuters) — Monsanto Co., maker of the world’s most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer. The company said on Tuesday that the report, issued on Friday by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), was biased […] Read more

A report released today suggests that glyphosate may increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in people who are exposed to the chemical in their occupation. | File photo

UN body declares glyphosate probable human carcinogen

In a lengthy and livid response, Monsanto has rejected the findings of a World Health Organization report classifying glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, released a report today reviewing the cancer risk associated with five pesticides, including glyphosate. The report […] Read more