Bayer/Monsanto Talk About the Future from #Classic17

Kelly Marshall

Adrian Percy, head of research and development at Bayer CropScience, and Robb Fraley, Monsanto chief technology officer held an informal press conferene at Commodity Classic to discuss the proposed nuptials of their companies. Both Percy and Fraley spoke highly of Monsanto’s seeds and traits and Bayer’s chemistry, but took pains to point out how much better they will be when …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Commodity Classic, Crop Protection, Monsanto, seed

Bayer’s Outlook on Industry, Monsanto Acquisition

Jamie Johansen

When it comes to scientific innovation, Bayer has a longstanding reputation as a leader in the development of breakthrough technologies. New innovations, developments, and changes are always on the horizon for Bayer, and the company’s dynamic outlook was discussed during the 2017 Bayer AgVocacy Forum in a presentation from Dr. Adrian Percy, Bayer’s global head of research & development and …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Crop Protection, Monsanto

Monsanto Announces New Gene Editing License

Kelly Marshall

Monsanto Company has announced another step forward for the future of gene editing.  A global licensing agreement between themselves, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard will allow the company nonexclusive use of CRISPR-Cpf1 technology – a simpler, more precise tool for improving a cell’s DNA.  Not only does the new system offer greater flexibility in editing, it’s smaller in size also …

Agribusiness, Audio, Gene Editing, Monsanto

Shareowners Approve Monsanto/Bayer Merger

Kelly Marshall

Monsanto Company held a special meeting of shareowners earlier this week to vote on the merger of Monsanto with Bayer Aktiengesellschaft. The agreement states that Monsanto shareowners receive $128 per share in cash. “We are pleased we received such strong support from our shareowners,” said Hugh Grant, Monsanto Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This is an important milestone as we …

Agribusiness, Bayer CropScience, Monsanto

The BioAg Alliance Launches Microbial Seed Coating

Kelly Marshall

Through The BioAg Alliance, Monsanto Company and Novozymes have a new project in the works.  As part of the commitment to innovative microbial solutions a new corn inoculant, Acceleron B-300 SAT, is being introduced.  The product is based on a fungus found in soil and has shown promising results with a two-year average yield advantage of more than 3 bushels per …

Agribusiness, Corn, Monsanto, seed

Agriculture Joins Together for Climate Change

Kelly Marshall

One year ago Monsanto announced its plans to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by making their operation carbon neutral by 2021.  Now the company is coming together with other agriculture group in the Carbon-Neutral Collaborative, a consortium of experts on agriculture greenhouse gases.  The team will focus their efforts on helping Monsanto reach their goal through an accounting framework. “Since last year, we’ve …

Agribusiness, climate, Monsanto

Enthusiasm Growing for Climate Corp’s FieldView

Kelly Marshall

The Climate Corporation‘s FieldView platform has only been on the market for two seasons, but Rick Myroup is pretty enthusiastic about how far the program has come in such a short amount of time. “The adoption has been rapid.  It’s really been exciting to see how farmers have gravitated to the system and have really seen the benefits of seeing …

Agribusiness, Data, Monsanto

Dow Agrees to Monsanto Use of EXZACT Platform

Kelly Marshall

Monsanto Company and Dow AgroSciences have reached an agreement that allows Monsanto to use Dow AgroSciences’ EXZACT Precision Technology Platform for research and development of new crop solutions. EXZACT technology was developed by Dow under an exclusive license with Sangamo BioSciences to facility the creation of new crop varieties and improve traits. “Monsanto is pleased to pursue applications of this …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto

NCGA Carbon Research Gets $1.6 Million from Monsanto

Kelly Marshall

Monsanto has announced they will be supporting the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and its Soil Health Partnership (SHP)‘s efforts with a $1.6 million investment.  NCGA was recently awarded $1 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) to help farmers find better solutions for reducing climate change.  Monsanto’s contribution will provide expertise, tools and resources …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, climate, environment, Monsanto, NCGA