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Monsanto Company is a publicly traded American multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri.[ It is a leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed and of the herbicide glyphosate, which it markets under the Roundup brand. Founded in 1901 by John Francis Queeny, by the 1940s it was a major producer of plastics, including polystyrene and synthetic fibers. Notable achievements by Monsanto and its scientists as a chemical company included breakthrough research on catalytic asymmetric hydrogenation and being the first company to mass-produce light emitting diodes (LEDs). The company also formerly manufactured controversial products such as the insecticide DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, and recombinant bovine somatotropin.


Monsanto was among the first to genetically modify a plant cell, along with three academic teams, which was announced in 1983, and was among the first to conduct field trials of genetically modified crops, which it did in 1987. It remained one of the top 10 U.S. chemical companies until it divested most of its chemical businesses between 1997 and 2002, through a process of mergers and spin-offs that focused the company on biotechnology.


Monsanto was a pioneer in applying the biotechnology industry business model to agriculture, using techniques developed by Genentech and other biotech drug companies in the late 1970s in California. In this business model, companies invest heavily in research and development, and recoup the expenses through the use and enforcement of biological patents. Monsanto's application of this model to agriculture, along with a growing movement to create a global, uniform system of plant breeders' rights in the 1980s, came into direct conflict with customary practices of farmers to save, reuse, share and develop plant varieties. Its seed patenting model has also been criticized as biopiracy and a threat to biodiversity. Monsanto's role in these changes in agriculture (which include its litigation and its seed commercialization practices), its current and former agbiotech products, its lobbying of government agencies, and its history as a chemical company, have made Monsanto controversial.

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Bayer has agreed to sell more of its crop science businesses to BASF as it seeks to wrap up its pending $62.5 billion acquisition of Monsanto. Bayer announced Thursday that it has agreed to sell the crop science units to BASF for about $2.1 billion, or 1.7 billion euros. The deal fulfills requirements set by ...
The move fulfills requirements set by European Union and other regulatory authorities for the Monsanto transaction, Leverkusen, Germany-based Bayer said Thursday. BASF will gain Bayer's vegetable seeds business, some seed treatments and research on wheat hybrids, herbicides and digital farming.

ST. LOUIS, MO — Bayer's bid to buy Creve Couer based Monsanto is on track to be approved in May. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the deal is expected to win antitrust approval by the end of May unless there is a last-minute complication. The $62.5 billion take over would create a company with a ...
WASHINGTON • German drug and crop chemical maker Bayer AG's bid to buy Creve Coeur-based seed and chemical company Monsanto Co. is on track to win U.S. antitrust approval by the end of May, unless there is a last-minute complication, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Monsanto Co is launching the first product that deactivates a controversial weed killer inside spraying equipment after it is used, the company said ... its latest attempt to prevent unintended crop damage associated with the herbicide. The product aims to stop farmers from accidentally applying traces of the ...
In a major victory for public health and independent science last week, a California Court of Appeal ruled against Monsanto and for California voters' reliance on the findings of expert scientific bodies to identify dangerous chemicals. The court upheld California's listing of glyphosate – the active ingredient in ...

Growers across the U.S. farm belt said last summer that dicamba herbicides, which are also sold by BASF SE and DowDuPont Inc., vaporized and drifted away from where they were sprayed on soybeans and cotton that Monsanto engineered to resist the chemical. This damaged millions of acres of other ...
Leaders of Monsanto Growth Ventures have left to join San Francisco venture capital firm Data Collective for a new $250 million life sciences fund. MGV's former Managing Director John Hamer and Investment Director Kiersten Stead are listed as partners for the new fund, called DCVC Bio L.P., along with ...
By Tom Polansek. CHICAGO, April 24 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co is launching the first product that deactivates a controversial weed killer inside spraying equipment after it is used, the company said on Tuesday, its latest attempt to prevent unintended crop damage associated with the herbicide. The product ...
Monsanto Company announced today that it has collaborated with Adjuvants Unlimited, LLC to develop what it describes as the first-ever agricultural sprayer system cleaner designed to deactivate dicamba. Adjuvants Unlimited, a developer and manufacturer of technologies for the crop protection industry, ...
The U.S. is the last major regulatory hurdle before Bayer AG's merger with Monsanto Co. can close after the parties reached a deal with the Russian Federal Antitrust Service (FAS). Bloomberg reported that Bayer worked out a deal with the Russian regulator April 20 to transfer certain assets to Russia.
The U.S. Justice Department has just given Bayer permission to buy Monsanto in a $62.5 billion deal. The approval (with some conditions) was the last big hurdle for the deal, which has been in the works since May 2016. DOJ approval follows European Union approval in March and a “productive” meeting ...
Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON): The dividend payment of $0.54 per share will be distributed into shareholder on 27 April 2018, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 05 April 2018. Investors looking for higher ...
What are apparently their objections to the asset sales to which Bayer has already committed itself are illogical. Considerable further negotiation, and probably more horse-trading, are going to be necessary to get the deal done. Arbitrageurs have snapped the discount at which Monsanto is trading to ...
The hearings marked the first time that Monsanto scientists faced off in court against three top scientists who had served on the U.N.'s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which in 2015 labeled glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. It was also the first time the three U.N. scientists had ...
For the second time in two years, India imposed cuts on the royalties local seed companies pay to the agriculture giant, Monsanto. Monsanto controls 90 percent of the local Indian market for cotton seeds and the Indian government accuses Monsanto of abusing its monopoly power resulting in rising debt ...
If approved by regulators, Bayer AG's purchase of Monsanto Co. would bring another agricultural giant to the Sacramento region, as Bayer has agreed to sell its seeds division to BASF SE. If the deal goes through, the seed research and development unit of Bayer Crop Science's operations in West ...

But much attention will also be on a Missouri courtroom, where Creve Coeur-based biotech giant Monsanto is facing off in a proposed class action lawsuit with farmers who allege they were harmed by the hard-to-control herbicide notorious for its tendency to evaporate — or volatize — and move to other ...
Even after the company launched dicamba-tolerant crops to the agricultural marketplace in 2017, Monsanto is gearing up for a busier 2018 and the years ahead. During a recent conference call with the media, Dr. Robb Fraley, Chief Technology Officer, said that 2018 will mark the fifth consecutive year that Monsanto has ...
Monsanto and Pairwise will work together on a precise form of gene editing for cotton and other row crops. Credit: Shutterstock. Monsanto is getting a head start in accessing a new type of gene editing tool called DNA base editing that it hopes will help it improve major row crops. The agriculture giant says it ...
Pairwise will also research how to use the tools to alter commodity crops, including corn, soy, wheat, cotton and canola, exclusively for Monsanto, according to the companies. The deal allows Monsanto, which is in the process of being acquired by Bayer AG, to commercialize products from the partnership.
Monsanto has invested $125mn in a gene-editing startup called Pairwise, as the agriculture giant explores creating the first fruit and vegetables made using the gene-editing tool Crispr. By leveraging the gene-editing tool, the research and development partnership aims to accelerate innovation in ...
... $2.5 million, the company disclosed Friday, and other "named executives" received $250,000 apiece. That phrase typically refers to officers whose pay must be disclosed in an annual proxy statement. In Monsanto's case, that would be Chief Financial Officer Pierre Courduroux, President Brett Begemann, ...
An Arkansas judge on Friday dismissed a Monsanto Co. lawsuit aiming to stop Arkansas from blocking the use of a controversial farm chemical the company makes, dealing a blow to its attempts to increase sales of genetically engineered seeds. Creve Coeur-based Monsanto, which is being acquired by ...
When Monsanto introduced a new kind of seed that wouldn't die when exposed to the herbicide dicamba, it triggered a crisis in the southeastern United States. Farmers planted the seed and started spraying dicamba, and it worked great! Except that it drifted onto other farmers' fields and killed their crops.
While the firms deny any wrongdoing, Monsanto earlier accused Indian companies of profiting from “unauthorized and unapproved herbicide-tolerant technologies [in] their seeds,” according to Reuters. The notice reportedly demands that Nuziveedu Seeds Limited and Kaveri Seeds explain alleged ...
NEW DELHI, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A top Indian cotton-growing state has told two local companies that seeds they sold to farmers may have contained traces of an unapproved GM strain from Monsanto, according to government notices seen by Reuters that warn of action against the firms. U.S. agrochemicals ...
Speaking at a Farm and Ranch Economic Summit in Bismarck, N.D., last month, David Ripplinger, an NDSU assistant professor of agricultural economics and bioenergy and bioproducts economist, said there will be a significant increase in dicamba-soybean production in 2018. Ripplinger also speculated ...
Goliath battle underway over a weedkiller. On one side, there is the giant Monsanto Company. On the other, a committee of 18 people, mostly farmers and small-business owners, that regulates the use of pesticides in the state. It has banned Monsanto's latest way of killing weeds during the growing season.
The 2017 crop season — the first year of XtendiMax use — was an unprecedented disaster, according to the coalition of farmers and conservationists. Just as critics warned would happen, dicamba sprayed on Monsanto's GE soybeans and cotton formed vapor clouds that drifted to damage a host of crops ...
As might be expected, it was a highly political and ideological airing, illustrating the sharp differences among scientists, industry groups, regulators and politicians over the controversial herbicide glyphosate, sold exclusively until 2000 by Monsanto under its patent name Roundup, but now widely available ...
“The combined businesses will benefit from Monsanto's leadership in Seeds and Traits and Climate Corporation platform along with Bayer's broad crop protection product line across a comprehensive range of indication and crops in all key geographies,” the statement details. “Together, the combined ...
Digital tools are vital to a research and development-based company like agriculture giant Monsanto. Such tools include dashboards that help managers monitor their departments' progress towards key employee performance, training and demographic targets. Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, leader of ...
Bayer has decided to make new concessions and sell seeds and pesticides businesses in an effort to address EU competition concerns over its €51.1 billion bid for US rival Monsanto. The proposed remedies “are very significant and we are confident they fully address the European Commission's concerns,” the German ...
WASHINGTON – Republicans in Washington are threatening to cut U.S. funding for the World Health Organization's cancer research program over its finding that the herbicide Roundup is probably carcinogenic to humans. House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith says the 2015 finding by the ...
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri entered a clerk's default against defendant Boersen Farms Inc. of Zeeland after the farm operator failed to respond in a timely manner or plead in a lawsuit filed by agricultural giant Monsanto Co. In the lawsuit filed on Oct. 4, Monsanto claimed ...
This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of all high schools in Hawaii who will be attending an accredited college or university to pursue a degree in a discipline related to the life sciences including agriculture, agronomy, biology, botany, genetics, horticulture, plant physiology, chemistry, crop science ...
WINNIPEG, Manitoba • Monsanto Co. is facing major threats to its historic dominance of seed and herbicide technology for the $40 billion U.S. soybean market. Rivals BASF SE and DowDuPont are preparing to push their own varieties of genetically modified soybeans. At stake is control over seed supply ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a blow to manufacturers Monsanto Co and BASF SE, Arkansas state lawmakers voted on Friday to bar sprayings of a controversial ... The ban makes it less attractive for farmers to buy soybean and cotton seeds that Monsanto engineered to resist dicamba because the crops are ...
Monsanto and others named to the 2018 World's Most Admired Companies list are featured online today and will appear in the magazine's February print issue, which hits newsstands on Jan. 22. Monsanto's commitment to celebrate diverse ideas within a global, collaborative work environment has led ...
Not surprisingly, though, soon enough, the Monsanto minions worked on the definition through influence peddling with Codex delegates and the Chairwoman, and the definition began changing into one that would include genetically modified “biofortified” foods. So, the battle is on at Codex as to whether or ...
The trial of 10 anti-Monsanto protestors was delayed for a third time here Wednesday, but not before the defendants – all but one representing themselves and all promising to “put Monsanto on trial for poisoning the world” – scored some heavy punches in Superior Court. The defendants' new trial is now ...
And this month, 11 state attorneys general announced they're backing Monsanto's push to kill a California regulation that will require cancer warnings on glyphosate, Roundup's active ingredient. Monsanto contends research conducted for the World Health Organization wrongly determined glyphosate to ...
By mid-October, state departments of agriculture nationwide had received 2,708 complaints from soybean farmers who claimed their fields had been damaged by wayward dicamba. Some 3.6 million acres had been affected, an unprecedented case of herbicides gone rogue. The Missouri, Arkansas, and ...
On Jan 12, we issued an updated research report on premium agricultural chemicals firm Monsanto Company (MON - Free Report) . Over the last month, shares of this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock yielded a return of 1.2%, outperforming 0.9% growth recorded by the Zacks classified industry. Inside Story.
A Bayer marketing professional recently stated on Twitter that critics of GMOs deny choice to farmers. It's a common accusation by the pro-GMO lobby. In a previous article, I noted the idea that GMOs offer increased choice is erroneous and that, by implication, corporations like Bayer or Monsanto restrict ...
Agriculture has been a cornerstone of Missouri's economy for decades. Missouri farmers, researchers and agribusinesses have been essential to providing our state, nation and world with abundant and nutritious food supplies. We have been, and will continue to be, at the center of agricultural innovation ...
At the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Foundation on Sunday, controversial Canadian clinical psychologist and author, Dr. Jordan Peterson, held court in a fireside chat titled “The Danger of Allowing Ideologies to Grow Unopposed,” a discussion moderated by Monsanto's director of ...
Parents sue school district, Monsanto over classroom air quality ... Health District, the State of Washington, and Monsanto knew for decades that dangerous polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) compounds tainted the learning environment of five to 18-year old students but did little to remedy the threat.
If approved, the proposed merger would result in just two companies – Monsanto-Bayer and Dow-DuPont – controlling about three-quarters of the American corn seed market. The power that these corporations would hold in the seed market is unprecedented. The corn, soybeans, and cotton markets would ...


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