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Agricultural News: Monsanto Partnership Marries Biotech and Agriculture


Plus, Insider Monkey has put together a guide on the global fertilizer and agricultural chemicals industry.

This column highlights the past week's most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on agriculture from around the Web.

Stock Blog Hub
Link: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Monsanto Collaborate

"Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY) and Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) recently formed a strategic alliance to implement biological technologies in the field of agriculture...Alnylam will receive $29.2 million in upfront payments, along with milestone payments and other additional funding from Monsanto."
Fitch Affirms Mosaic at 'BBB'; Outlook Revised to Positive
"Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'BBB' investment grade debt ratings and Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) of The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) and its subsidiaries. The Rating Outlook has been revised to Positive from Stable."

Link: After Drought, Corn, Wheat Trade in a Volatile Range

"Corn prices had rallied on Thursday after the US Department of Agriculture warned of tighter grain supplies than market watchers had expected. But the USDA said Friday morning that net corn exports sales for the week ending Oct. 4 were just 14,200 metric tons, versus analysts' expectation for 300,000 to 425,000 tons..."

[Many investors have exposure to corn and wheat through the Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEARCA:CORN) and Teucrium Wheat Fund (NYSEARCA:WEAT).]

Dow Chemical Buys Cal/West Seeds
"Dow AgroSciences LLC, a unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), has purchased the assets of California-based high-quality seed producer Cal/West Seeds. The terms of the deal were not revealed."

BASF to Acquire Parts of Ciech's TDI Business
"BASF (ETR:BAS) and Ciech today announced the acquisition of parts of Ciech's global TDI (toluene diisocyanate) business by BASF. The acquisition is subject to approval by the appropriate antitrust authorities. Closing of the transaction is expected in the first quarter of 2013."

Wall Street Journal
In Search of Hardier Corn
"For years, Monsanto Co., DuPont Co. (NYSE:DD) and Syngenta AG (NYSE:SYT) have used conventional breeding techniques and biotechnology to create corn that is hardier overall, including hybrids that hold up better when water is scarce....Syngenta has offered a limited commercial launch of a drought-tolerant corn called Agrisure Artesian over the past two years and plans an expanded offering for next year's planting."

Street Insider
Link: Tyson Foods (TSN) to Conduct Audits on Poultry, Liverstock Suppliers

"Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) is trading lower on the session amid headlines that it will conduct an audit on its suppliers over the treatment of animals....Tyson auditors will evaluate how animals have access to food and water, worker training for handing and caring for the animals, and overall human-animal interaction."
Rally in Natural Gas Prices Raises Costs of CF Industries and Agrium
"Data from FactSet have shown natural gas prices have gained approximately 21% since the end of August. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Agricultural Chemicals Industry and provides equity research on CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) and Agrium Inc. (NYSE:AGU)."

Link: Top 4 Small-Cap Stocks in the Food-Major Diversified Industry With the Highest Revenue

"The trailing-twelve-month revenue at Dole Food Company (NYSE:DOLE) is $6.97 billion. Dole Food had $94.12 million in total cash for the latest quarter....The trailing-twelve-month revenue at Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) is $2.30 billion. Sanderson's PEG ratio is 2.49..."

Seeking Alpha
Riding The Agricultural Commodities Rally With Exchange-Traded Products And Dividend Stocks
"Another agricultural commodities play in the sector is ADM's competitor Bunge Limited (NYSE:BG), a $10-billion processor and seller of agricultural commodities and commodity products...The company's dividend is yielding 1.6% on a payout ratio of 22%. Bunge has increased its dividend at an average rate of 9.4% per year over the past five years..."

Insider Monkey
Link: The Unabridged Guide to the Global Fertilizers & Agricultural Chemicals Industry

"In 1950, America began industrializing U.S. farming operations through a mix of policy decisions and innovation. This in turn allowed the world's agricultural production to grow over 2.5 times its size over the last 50 years, though the cultivated area has grown by only 12%..."

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