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The Future of Agriculture

Bayer has outlined its vision for the future of agriculture.

And a lot of it has to do with innovation, sustainability and digital transformation.

Liam Condon is a member of the Bayer Board of Management and President of the Crop Science Division.

In a news release he’s quoted as saying that farmers are hungry for innovation that will help them grow more with less and help ensure adequate access to safe, nutritious and affordable food.

And he points to challenges like climate change, resources and a growing population.

It’s Bayer’s first major event since coming together on August 21st, and the Future of Farming Dialogue brought thought leaders and stakeholders from all various angles of society to discuss ways to make the world’s food system more sustainable.

For innovation, the company is launching a foliageĀ and soil-applied insecticide for the use in rice, corn and horticulture crops in 2019.

Also being worked on are multiple varieties of seeds developed to deflect pests and work with crop protection tools to make each acre optimally productive.

The talk of research and innovation comes on the heals of a filing by Bayer attorneys to asking a judge to set a recent verdict aside in the Roundup trial.

Lawyers say Dewayne Johnson failed to prove that Roundup or similar herbicides cause cancer, adding the verdict was not supported by the evidence provided at the August trial.

The San Francisco jury determined Monsanto failed to include that health risk on the warning label.

A hearing is set for October 10th.

Johnson’s suit was the first to go to trial of about 8,700 cases alleging Roundup causes cancer.

The court ruling came shortly after Bayer finalized its acquisition of Monsanto in August.