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.
ByDave Dickey/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
American agribusiness giants such as Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland would likely love to sell GMO corn and soybean seeds to European producers, but for decades European nations – led primarily by France and Germany – have stonewalled prospective efforts by persuading their citizens that GMO’s are unsafe, unhealthy and generally un-European.
Syngenta announced on Thursday that it would sell part of its business and buy back shares in order to comfort shareholders who may have felt disappointed after Monsanto’s months’ long takeover bid fell apart.