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  • Loyal Monsanto Legacy farmers with concerns about how focussed the future Bayer will be on agriculture, can rest assured that agriculture (crop science and animal health) is now the largest of the three divisions in Bayer.

  • Bayer AG vowed to defend its embattled weedkiller Roundup, moving to reassure investors that its $63 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co. will boost the company’s bottom line.

  • Bayer is set to face a second US jury over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a $289m verdict in a California state court.

  • Every season, for every field, farmers have to make more than 40 key decisions – all of which can make or break a harvest. Many of these decisions relate to crop protection, because at every stage of the growing season, seeds and plants are at risk from weeds, insects and disease.

  • n Oakland, California jury on Monday awarded over $2 billion in damages to a couple who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after spraying Roundup, America’s most popular weedkiller, on their properties for decades. As The San Francisco Chronicle reports, this is the third such ruling against Monsanto, manufacturer of the glyphosate-based herbicide, and the company now owned by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG.

  • America’s agricultural landscape is now 48 times more toxic to honeybees, and likely other insects, than it was 25 years ago, almost entirely due to widespread use of so-called neonicotinoid pesticides, according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS One.

  • There’s universal demand for farm progress. Operations need to preserve and maximize profits today and be ready to produce and deliver more food tomorrow.

  • The Bayer Foundation today launched its new EUR 20 million Social Innovation ecosystem fund by awarding EUR 3 million to four pioneering social innovators – myAgro, MercyCorps, Path and Living Goods. The fund aims to scale up technology and entrepreneurial solutions that empower African smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty.

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