Ag Groups React to Bayer-Monstanto Merger

Kelly Marshall

Reaction from agricultural organizations on new of a deal between Bayer and Monsanto on Wednesday expressed some concern about what this trend of consolidation will mean for farmers in the long run. From Capitol Hill where National Farmers Union members have been meeting this week, NFU President Roger Johnson “condemned” the merger and called for a “critical review” of consolidation …

Ag Group, Bayer CropScience, Monsanto

Bayer and Monsanto Reach Merger Agreement

Kelly Marshall

Bayer and Monsanto have announced today that they have reached a definitive merger agreement. Under the terms of the agreement Bayer will acquire Monsanto for $128 USD per share in an all-cash transaction.  This has been unanimously approved by Monsanto’s Board of Directors, Bayer’s Board of Management and Bayer’s Supervisory Board. “We are pleased to announce the combination of our …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Company Announcement, Monsanto

Channel Provides More Than Just a Bag

Jamie Johansen

Channel Seedsman Dave Wallner and customer Brian Wood were both on hand for this year’s Ag Media Summit to discuss the Channel Field Check Up Series and the services Channel Seedsmen provide their growers. “The Field Check Up Series is a way for us within Channel to monitor what I am seeing in the field. I visit Brian’s fields once …

Ag Media Summit, Agribusiness, Audio, Monsanto, seed

DuPont Licensed for Monsanto Soybeans in Brazil

Kelly Marshall

DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto have agreed to work together to provide additional choices for Brazilian soybean farmers.  Pioneer will receive a royalty-bearing license for Monsanto’s Intacta RR2PRO soybean technology under the new agreemnt.  The license is subject to approval by the Brazilian regulatory authority and financial details have not been disclosed. “DuPont Pioneer looks forward to bringing the Intacta insect …

Agribusiness, Dupont Pioneer, Monsanto, Soybeans

Monsanto Forms New Partnership Agreements

Kelly Marshall

Monsanto Company has formed two new partnership agreements.  One targets weed control solutions while the other focuses on genome-editing. Under an agreement with TargetGene Biotechnologies LTD, Monsanto receives an exclusive license for TargetGene’s Genome Editing Engine (T GEE).  “TargetGene is pleased to be working with Monsanto to enable the next generation of agricultural innovation through the application of our genome-editing …

Agribusiness, biotechnology, Herbicides, Monsanto, Weed control

Bayer AG’s Bid Rejected by Monsanto

Kelly Marshall

Responding to a $62 billion acquisition offer from Bayer AG, Monsanto Company has announced that its Board of Directors views the proposal as “incomplete and financially inadequate, but is open to continued and constructive conversations.” In a company release, Monsanto chairman and CEO Hugh Grant gave a short statement. “We believe in the substantial benefits an integrated strategy could provide …

Agribusiness, Bayer CropScience, Monsanto

“Farmer Speaks Study” Highlights Grower Concerns

Kelly Marshall

If you are reacting to low commodity prices in your operation this year, you are not alone.  Bill Farmakis, President of J.L. Farmakis, recently spoke with AgWired about their “Farmer Speaks Study.”  The results, Farmakis says, were striking. The study, conducted in February by Millennium Research, asked growers what they were thinking as they headed into the 2016 planting season. …

Agribusiness, Markets, Monsanto, Planting, Traits

Last Call to Nominate Farm Mom of the Year

Lizzy Schultz

There is one week left to submit your favorite farm mom into Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year Contest. Submissions will be accepted through Tuesday, Mar. 29, and Monsanto encourages everyone to nominate moms who go above and beyond to care for and protect their farms, families, communities and the agriculture industry they love. “Our 2015 Southeast Region Farm …

Ag Group, Award, Contest, Farmers, Monsanto

Wheat Insight System Introduced at #Classic16

Lizzy Schultz

Innovation and insight were the topics at the forefront of a press conference held by Monsanto and WestBred Wheat during the 2016 Commodity Classic. The companies announced the introduction of the Wheat Insight System, an innovative way for wheat growers to purchase and plant wheat seed to optimize yield and profit potential. The system calculates how many seeds are in …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, Data, Monsanto, technology, wheat

The Great Grain Marketing Debate

Lizzy Schultz

Grain marketing was at the center of many educational sessions during the 2016 Commodity Classic, as the stressful state of the economy has made it imperative for farmers to have a clear understanding of grain marketing. One session at this year’s event, the Great Grain Marketing Debate, offered attendees a valuable panel discussion on grain marketing strategies for 2016. One …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Grain, Monsanto