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Consolidation of Agriculture Into Agri

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Earlier this month, Bayer orchestrated the biggest takeover of 2016 when it agreed to buy rival Monsanto for $66 billion. This is only the latest in a string of deals poised to create a new “big three” in the agriculture world.

While many observers worry that these mergers will squash competition, the truth is that so-called “agribusinesses” are trying to retain some semblance of control in a cost-constrained, demand-starved market. Firms focused on seed production in particular will be hit hard by a widespread movement away from GMO crops. In the years ahead, the emerging field of technological farming may represent the industry’s most promising growth opportunity.

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