Farmers Warily Eye DuPont Purchase of Farm Software Leader ​

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Photo from usdagov on Flickr.  Amidst farmer concerns about data collection by agricultural technology companies, agrochemical and seed giant DuPont on August 9th agreed to buy software company Granular Inc. for $300 million. With the deal, DuPont greatly increases its ability to collect detailed data on the operations of individual farms. Granular and other farm data companies collect […]

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Farmers Ramp Up Campaign Against Bayer Takeover of Monsanto ​

Posted Leah Douglas GMOs & Seeds, Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user kimberlykv. The National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) last week said it plans to bring an injunction against Bayer to stop the German corporation’s $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto. The announcement comes as farmers and antitrust advocates across the country organize against the looming merger of the two agrochemical giants, which they say would have […]

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Merging Seed Giants Tout “Innovation”, but Already Slashing R&D​

Posted Leah Douglas GMOs & Seeds, Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Photo from flickr user thatmakesthree. In a September 20 hearing on Capitol Hill, executives from Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Dow and DuPont defended their plans to merge into three giant agrochemical companies. Under questioning by Senators on the Judiciary Committee, they emphasized that the deals would increase their companies’ ability to “innovate” and to develop better seeds […]

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The Month in Review

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user cjuneau. As the summer winds down, here’s a look at some of the biggest stories in food and agriculture consolidation. Three major mergers in the agrochemical sector are facing antitrust review in several countries. The European Union has opened an antitrust investigation into the proposed $122 billion Dow/DuPont merger, citing concerns that a merger between the two agrochemical giants […]

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