ByJohnathan Hettinger/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Since the 2012 drought, the number of irrigation pivots in Champaign County has more than doubled. Brad Uken, the manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, said that one of the driving factors behind the recent growth in irrigation has been seed corn companies moving toward growers that have installed pivots to help reduce the risk of losing their crops in a drought.
Hundreds of food and farm groups are calling on recently confirmed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step in and block a wave of billion-dollar mega mergers sweeping across America’s agriculture industry.
Five of the six biggest companies that produce and sell seeds and chemicals to the world’s farmers are pursuing deals that could leave a market dominated by just three giant, global companies. Harvest Public Media reports on the deals in this new story.
Monsanto announced Wednesday that it will cut 2,600 jobs as part of a cost-savings strategy prompted by a decline in its global seed and herbicide sales. The job cuts will come throughout the next two years.