Nixon to travel to Germany to discuss Bayer-Monsanto merger

Gov. Jay Nixon will travel to Germany next month to meet with Bayer executives about the company’s plans to purchase Monsanto.

Nixon says he’ll tell Bayer Chairman Werner Baumann that if the proposed acquisition is approved, Missouri’s workers and economy must benefit as a result.

Nixon’s recent op-ed notes that Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant and Baumann both confirmed to him that the combined agricultural business of Bayer and Monsanto will have its global Seeds & Traits and North American commercial headquarters in St. Louis. Nixon says Monsanto currently employs more than 4,300 people in Missouri.

Nixon also noted that Bayer’s 240-acre facility in Kansas City produces some of the world’s leading seed treatments and agricultural chemicals.

“Bayer is a company that has significant investment in Missouri,” Nixon says. “…If the merger goes through, I think there [are] ways for Missouri to benefit from it.”

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