In a way, the annual experience of the farmer is very similar to the “season” we have been in at Bayer over the past two years as we’ve been planning for the acquisition of Monsanto. We first planted the seed of our intent to acquire Monsanto in 2016. Since then, we’ve worked with regulators around the world to meet the necessary requirements to close the deal. Throughout the entire process, our colleagues and customers around the world have shown exemplary patience and persistence as we have worked to meet each key milestone on the road to close.
Today, and over the coming weeks, our divestments will become final as certain businesses transition to their new owner, BASF. With the close of this season in our history, we can now look toward the future of Bayer and the important responsibility we have as a leading agriculture innovation company.
There has never been a more important time for innovation in agriculture. From changing climates and finite natural resources, to a growing global population that needs access to safe, nutritious and affordable food, farmers around the world today are faced with the enormous challenge of growing more with less. We believe that the commitment of the entire agricultural value chain is key to ensuring the health of the global food system for future generations.
With the upcoming integration of Monsanto with Bayer, we will continue working tirelessly to impact agriculture through breakthrough innovation. We aim to bring better solutions to our customers, faster, so that growers have the tools they need to help feed the world and meet the demands of consumers.
Much like the farmer who never finishes one harvest without thinking ahead to the next, we too look forward to the next season at Bayer, where we will provide even more solutions for our customers and consumers to help them, and our planet, thrive.