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Bayer AG announced the sale of a large part of its agribusiness on Friday. The deal will move the company closer to yet another big deal.

Bayer AG says it sold part of its crop science division to BASF for $7 billion.

The sale includes Bayer’s field crop seed and pesticide businesses.

Bayer says the move is “an active approach” to help it win regulatory approval for its proposed buyout of Monsanto.

That $66 billion deal will merge two of the world’s largest agribusinesses.

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Hundreds of Midwest farmers are complaining of damage to their crops allegedly caused by the herbicide dicamba. The total number of damaged acres may come to more than 2.5 million acres, according to data compiled by a University of Missouri researcher.

Most of the damage has been found in the Midwest and South, with complaints of more than 850,000 damaged acres in Arkansas and more than 300,000 damaged acres in both Missouri and Illinois.

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After court documents unsealed Tuesday raised questions about its research methods, chemical giant Monsanto says it did not ghostwrite a 2000 study on the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in its flagship pesticide Roundup.

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Shareholders of agricultural seed and chemical giant Monsanto agreed to a merger on Tuesday, moving the controversial deal one-step closer to fruition.

German drug and chemical maker Bayer plans to pay shareholders $66 billion to take over Missouri-based Monsanto. That breaks down to $128 per share if the merger closes.

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Supporters and opponents of several proposed mergers among agricultural seed and chemical companies made their case to lawmakers in Washington Tuesday.

Executives from Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta argue the proposed new combinations are necessary to continue the research that leads to innovation. But Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, says the new pairings, including a Chinese state-owned company buying Syngenta, could have the opposite effect.

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A group of scientists and environmentalists are calling for an independent review of the chemicals found in the popular herbicide Roundup.

Agriculture giant Monsanto first started selling glyphosate, the major chemical in Round Up, in the 1970s--but it remains controversial.

A band of environment and public health advocates say the chemical mixed with other ingredients could contribute to the risk of cancer and is due for modern tests.

Fred vom Saal is one of them. He is a professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of Missouri.

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No agreement has been reached yet to settle remaining claims in lawsuits over the discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field in 2013.

All of the lawsuits from across the country have been consolidated in Kansas.

A joint status report filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas says the parties have been exchanging settlement offers.

The last offer from farmer plaintiffs is under consideration by St. Louis-based Monsanto.

Another Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto

Jul 8, 2013

Another Kansas farmer has filed suit against seed giant Monsanto over the discovery of an isolated field of genetically engineered wheat in Oregon.

Harvey County wheat grower Bill Budde sued Monsanto Friday in a lawsuit seeking class-action status. It's at least the third such lawsuit filed in federal court in Kansas against the St. Louis-based company since the field was discovered in May. Similar lawsuits have also been filed in Idaho and Washington state.

Kansas Farmer Files Suit Against Monsanto

Jun 5, 2013

A Kansas farmer has sued seed giant Monsanto over the discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat.

Elkhart wheat grower Ernest Barnes filed the suit.

It alleges that when people heard about the unapproved wheat in an Oregon field last week, the news drove down wheat futures prices and caused a backlash from some international markets, which suspended certain imports.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.