The Dow-DuPont merger was officially cleared by the European Commission on March 27th. And with the looming Bayer-Monsanto merger in the works, it was looking like the “Big Six” of crop protection were about to become the “Big Four.”
But not long after the Dow-DuPont merger was approved, it was also announced that FMC would acquire a portion of DuPont’s crop protection business (following the divestment requirements of the Commission), making them the fifth largest crop protection chemical company in the world, and ostensibly rounding out what will be known as the “Big Five.”
Bayer is also looking to offload some of its seed assets and one of its cropping systems in anticipation of regulatory rulings on their merger with Monsanto.
All these major shifts have many in the industry wondering how their business will be affected. Regulatory commissions are doing all they can to ensure the marketplace remains competitive. But already, the USDA has found that the price of farm inputs is outpacing what farmers are receiving for their yields.
We’ll all be paying close attention to how these changes affect the industry. Remember that there are also alternatives for crop protection. Acadian offers insect netting, which can help minimize the need for chemicals.
For more information on these mergers, check out these links:
- CropLife: Bayer-Monsanto: Life, LibertyLink, And The Pursuit Of Regulatory Approval
- CropLife: FMC Emerges as DuPont Crop Protection Business Buyer, Becomes 5th Largest Ag Chemical Company
- AgriBusiness: FMC to Acquire Portion of DuPont Crop Protection Business
- CropLife: The Crop Protection Picture in 2017: Familiar Products, New Owners
- AgriBusiness: FMC: The Real Winner in the Dow-DuPont Merger Approval