Missouri Minute: Bayer says it can start integrating Monsanto; 25 Missouri counties designated as disaster zones

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Bayer announces Monsanto integration can commence as shares continue to fall

German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG said Thursday it can now start integrating Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co. after Bayer completed disinvesting from some of its crop science businesses. But the company’s shares continue to fall to record lows. Read more

Top U.S. seed sellers hope to limit Monsanto’s dicamba use

The two biggest U.S. independent seed sellers, Beck’s Hybrids and Stine Seed, are pressuring federal regulators to bar farmers from spraying dicamba weed killer in upcoming summers — a potential blow to Bayer AG’s Monsanto Co. Read more

Missouri farmers suffering from drought can now apply for disaster loans

By Annika Merrilees
Missouri agricultural producers who suffered losses and damages due to a drought this year can now apply for emergency loans from the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. Read more

Auto repairs, car parts pricing likely to jump in wake of tariffs

Car repairs may become more costly for consumers as businesses throughout the auto-parts industry plan to raise prices because of U.S. tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Read more

Fueled by grocery sales, Walmart reports strongest sales gain in decade

After a lackluster start to the year, Walmart is reporting the strongest sales gain the company has seen in more than a decade fueled by its grocery business. The uptick reflects the company’s recent commitment to expanding its grocery business, including in St. Louis. Read more

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