Agriculture giants Bayer, Monsanto merging could ruin American farmers

By John W. Boyd, Jr. and Mike Weaver This article first appeared in The Hill. Earlier this year, we planted our crops — soybeans, corn, and wheat — and began feeding our spring chickens. Farmers like us have been doing this for generations. But next year, when we turn to our spring tasks again, the entire farming economy will have shifted under our feet as a result of a merger wave currently underway among the world’s agricultural giants. They Read More …

Over 300 food and farm groups urge Jeff Sessions to oppose agricultural mega-mergers

For Immediate Release: February 13, 2017 (Washington, D.C.)— Nearly 325 farming, beekeeping, farmworker, religious, food safety, and conservation advocacy groups today urged the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a thorough investigation into the proposed mergers of the world’s largest agrochemical and seed companies. Groups urged Jeff Sessions, the new Attorney General, to enjoin the mergers of Dow Chemical with DuPont, Monsanto with Bayer AG, and Syngenta with ChemChina on the grounds that they will drive up food Read More …

Monsanto’s growing monopoly

What the Supreme Court got wrong: Patents on self-replicating seed are unethical, dangerous and anti-competitive By Kristina Hubbard A still from a Monsanto ad When the Supreme Court unanimously sided with Monsanto recently, it upheld the company’s right to prohibit the replanting of patented seed – handing the biotech giant a major victory. The court ruled that the doctrine of “patent exhaustion,” which an Indiana farmer argued should apply after the first sale of patented seed, “does not Read More …

Grain Grab

by Richard Oswald City folks tend to see farmers as wealthy landowners who dig in the soil for something nearly as good as gold. Really though, it’s the value of yellow grain and growing things that decide whether farmers mine bottomless wealth on their land, or just get the shaft. For farmers there’s no such thing as a cost of living increase. We don’t get fringe benefits or health care unless we pay for it. Retirement is funded, Read More …

Monsanto Looking To Restrict Choice In Seed Selection

OCM_Press_Release_may509 OCM is disappointed by Monsanto’s move to restrict choice in seed selection. OCM believes a quick resolution is urgently needed so optimum GAT trait technology can be available to farmer’s as soon as possible. OCM addressed Monsanto’s move to restrict choice in seed selection in this most recent press release.

Monsanto Corn Seed Price Hikes a Threat to Agriculture

Organization for Competitive Markets P.O. Box 6486 Lincoln, NE 68506 www.competitivemarkets.com For Immediate Release: July 24, 2008 Contact: Kristina Hubbard, [email protected], 406-203-4433 Fred Stokes, [email protected], 601-527-2459 Monsanto Corn Seed Price Hikes a Threat to Agriculture Lincoln, NE – The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) says Monsanto’s market power is driving up seed prices and increasing economic risk to farmers. “Monsanto’s market power has been quietly accruing over several years and has now begun materially impacting price,” said Keith Read More …