Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dow's selling some herbicide business

Dow AgroSciences is selling some of its herbicide business to Gowan Company, a private company based in Ireland.

The deal comes a month after Dow said it was reviewing all options for its farm chemicals and seeds unit, which has reported falling sales for nearly a year.

The companies did not disclose terms of the deal. It is expected to close by the end of the year, they said.

Dinitroanilines, or DNA herbicides, have been a part of weed management programs for more than 50 years, according to Dow.

Dow will "invest in innovative and differentiated products,” said Ramiro De La Cruz, vice president of crop protection for Dow AgroSciences.

Juli Jessen, chief executive officer for the Gowan Group, said "we are grateful for the opportunity to defend and evolve the DNAs for niches that have long been our sweet spot, such as vegetables and turf."

The business press in the United States is commenting that Dow's move is part of a broader re-assessment of investments in seeds and pesticides by all of the giant companies involved.

So much for their commitment to agriculture, farmers and society. Their commitment is really only to profits.

And that's why it's important that society maintain a vibrant research organization seeking improved varieties and crop protection measures. 

Too bad the federal government has cutting and slashing the Research Branch of the federal agriculture department for the last 40 years.

Also, a darn shame that much of the research that remains is "collaborative" efforts with companies.