Monsanto Reaches Soybean Deal with Brazilian Farmers - Shares Up 1%, Sets 52 Week High


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Monsanto Co. ( MON ) has hit a new 52-week high of $102.98 on news that it and leading grower organizations in Brazil have reached an agreement that will support the introduction of next-generation products like INTACTA RR2 PRO soybeans.

Shares of MON are off the high, but are still up 0.5% to $102.93

According to terms of the agreement, participating Brazilian farmers will secure a new license that will allow them to purchase soybeans containing the new INTACTA RR2 PRO technology, expected to be available in the 2013-2014 growing season. The agreement also underscores the grower associations' support for continuing a royalty collection approach, which ensures that growers pay royalties each time they use the technology.

The agreement also provides clarity on first-generation Roundup Ready soybeans for participating farmers. Those farmers will be released from payment of technology royalty fees for first-generation Roundup Ready soybeans for this and next season, while waiving all potential legal claims for payments previously made for this first-generation technology.

Farmers who elect to not participate will continue to pay royalties on that technology through the term of MON's intellectual property rights in Brazil that cover the first-generation Roundup Ready soybeans.

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This article appears in: Investing Commodities
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