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Bayer and Monsanto to Create a Global Leader in Agriculture

(Republished from the Monsanto corporate website: http://news.monsanto.com/Bayer-Monsanto-acquisition)

  • Realizes a shared vision of integrated agricultural offerings, delivering enhanced solutions for growers and creates a leading innovation engine for the next generation of farming
  • USD 128 per share in all-cash transaction, represents 44 percent premium to Monsanto shareholders and an aggregate value of USD 66 billion
  • Significant value creation with expected annual synergies of approximately USD 1.5 billion after year three; plus additional synergies from integrated solutions in future years
  • Bayer shareholders expected to benefit from accretion to core EPS in the first full year after closing and double-digit percentage accretion in the third full year
  • Committed to retaining strong pres...
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Monsanto replaces vegetable seed coating with more sustainable potato starch

Tomato seeds with potato starch seed coating

Tomato seeds with potato starch seed coating that protects the seed and young plant from pests and disease. These coatings normally have colours to help identification of treated seeds and can make seed storage, handling and measurement easier.

Contrary to what many may think environmentally sustainable solutions are being developed by our researchers in Europe. Take conventional vegetable seeds for example; from tomato to onion seeds — when certain types of seed are planted on European farmland they require treatment to protect them from the environment in their nascent states. Small doses of plant protection products are applied and stick to the seeds. These are synthetic-based seed coatings...

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Why do farmers need glyphosate? An answer in 10 weeds

By Brandon Mitchener and Jaden Elsasser

The current political debate around the use of glyphosate in agriculture in Europe is permeated with the simple notions that weed control is optional and that if glyphosate were banned, farmers would just let the weeds grow, because who do they really harm anyway?

Any farmer knows the proper reseponse to that question: Weeds are the enemy! They compete with crops for light and water. Some of them are highly invasive and spread much faster than what the farmer is trying to grow. They can clog up machinery. Some of them are even highly toxic to people and farm animals; if too much of them end up in the harvest, the crop is unusable and might even have to be condemned...

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My First March Against Monsanto

By Jaden Elsasser

Growing up as a small town farmer’s daughter in Illinois, I only understood the basics of the farming business (and quite frankly I was never urged to learn about it, as hard as my dad pushed). I could answer the simple questions such as, “How many acres does your father farm?” and “Where is your farm located?” But when any further questions were sent my way, I simply nodded my head with a smile and pretended I knew exactly what they were talking about.

WhatsApp-Image-20160521 (3)I hadn’t fully understood the debate around Monsanto until my first year at the University of Missouri. I paid little attention to what friends, acquaintances and others had said about the big, bad multinational company because Monsanto products had always played a vital role for a large farming family...

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Monsanto outlines next steps in European transformation (EN/FR/ES/RO)

The global agricultural sector faces economic headwinds, many changes in technology and increasing competitive pressures. Globally, we are committed to driving a transformation that delivers significant cost savings and best positions the company for future growth within this challenging business environment.

As a consequence, Monsanto is transforming the company’s operations globally over the next 2-3 years in order to be able to continue to deliver best-in-class agronomic solutions and services to our customers.

This transformation involves several changes, including making major investments in technology, investing in some locations and scaling back our presence in others. Many internal changes have already been proposed. Others are still under discussion.

We have around 3,700 full-ti...

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A Top Court Strikes Down French MON810 Ban – for Fourth Time (EN/FR)

You might think the first three high court rejections would send a clear enough message to the French government that it can’t just ban things on a whim. Think again. Although Monsanto wasn’t even selling the product in the country and had no intention to do so, the government in March 2014 tried a fourth time to ban Monsanto’s MON810 genetically modified (GM), insect-resistant maize on dubious scientific grounds. Now France’s top administrative court has struck the ban down–again–for being scientifically baseless.

On August 1st, 2013 and November 28th, 2011, the Conseil d’Etat had already found that the French government’s 2008 and 2011 bans on MON810 cultivation were illegal. Furthermore, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Sept 8th, 2011 found the French ban on the cultivation...

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EU opt-outs on GM crops contradict history of safe use

By Brandon Mitchener

Under the European Union’s newly updated law on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) seeds within the Union, individual EU member states have the option to “opt out” of the scope of the authorisation for the cultivation of individual GM “events” (traits) on their national territory, or even just part of it. Since Monsanto and other companies who sell GM seeds globally or intend to sell them are responsible for securing authorisation for the sale of those seeds, we were given the opportunity to object to these requests.

As of the expiration of the start of November, when the deadline for our response to those requests ran out, Monsanto has not opposed any of the requests received...

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A farmer and his drone?

A Go-Pro Hero 4 camera attached to the Octocopter gives a bird's eye view. Image courtesy BBSRC.

                                                                                  High above the farm: An Octocopter’s point of view. Image courtesy BBSRC.

Drones, those small and nimble Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that are popping up everywhere: from airports and the White House lawn to tennis courts and nuclear power stations. Science is looking at positive uses for these miniature aerial work horses. A farmer and his drone working in partnership could make farming greener and cheaper in the future.

The UK’s Rothamsted Research institute and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council are running a field trial of an advanced eight-rotor, nine kilogramme model called the Octocopter in the...

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Romanian farmers’ progress in photos

The Monsanto Europe Corporate Engagement team has just returned from visiting the beautiful city of Timisoara in Romania, and the annual Romanian Farm Progress Show, last week in the region of Banat.

Our three days were filled with great experiences and knowledge sharing from our gracious hosts. This included a visit to the Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral, a Romanian Orthodox building constructed over 70 years ago; the square where the Romanian Revolution started in December 1989; the second largest vineyard in Western Romania, Cramele Recas established in 1447, that has won many awards for its wines; and a 17 hectare (one hectare is 10,000 m2) plot of a larger farm that generates a few thousand kilogrammes of maize per hectare annually.

As around 43% of Romania’s economy is linked with a...

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Innovation? No, thanks! Some EU countries opt out of GM seed cultivation under new law (EN/FR) 

by Brandon Mitchener

Since the European Union first authorised GM crops for cultivation in 1998, EU-level approval was enough to plant them anywhere in the Union, which now counts 28 countries. Several individual nations weren’t happy with that and banned GM crops on political grounds. These bans were systematically struck down as lacking any legitimate scientific basis.

Now, under a new EU law passed earlier this year, countries require no scientific justification for bans on the cultivation of GM crops on their territory and can do so for arbitrary reasons. In fact, some EU countries have begun doing just that.

Monsanto has been made aware of requests (“demands”) to the European Commission from Latvia and Greece to be removed from the scope of our request for EU re-authorization allowi...

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