Agreement Focused on Assets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Bayer CropScience (Bayer) and DuPont Crop Protection (DuPont) announced today the signing of an agreement for Bayer to purchase certain DuPont Crop Protection Land Management assets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Closing of the transaction is expected in the fourth quarter 2014, subject to customary regulatory approvals. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

This acquisition will enable Bayer’s Environmental Science business unit to offer a comprehensive portfolio of products for effective weed control for Industrial Vegetation Management (IVM). Furthermore the company will gain access to the growing Forestry and Range & Pasture business segments in North America. Under the agreement, DuPont will continue to sell its Land Management products outside the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand and its range and pasture products in Mexico and Latin America.

“We are a leader in the professional environmental science market globally and the planned acquisition underlines our ambition to further grow this position in the years to come,” said Bayer CropScience CEO Liam Condon. “It allows us to provide our customers with first-choice solutions to protect and care for the environment in which we live, work and play. Keeping our railways, railroads and infrastructure clean and safe and forestry plantations more productive is part of our mission – Bayer: Science for A Better Life.”

“This agreement is another step in the execution of our DuPont Crop Protection business growth strategy,” said Rik Miller, president of DuPont Crop Protection. “We continue to focus on delivering our science and innovative new offerings to the market that drives profitable growth both today and over the long-term.”

DuPont Crop Protection is a leading supplier of land management herbicides that help land managers and utility foresters control weeds and brush to enhance public safety, improve crew productivity, and protect forestry, range and pasture values. Its current land management product portfolio includes approximately 30 established and innovative brands of herbicides marketed under names such as, DuPont™ Perspective™, Streamline™, Escort™ and Oust™ which will complement Bayer CropScience’s product offering. The acquisition of these assets includes rights in intellectual property, including registrations, data and trademarks related to the land management products.

Bayer CropScience provides industry-leading risk management solutions to professionals that are responsible for reducing risks posed by uncontrolled vegetation in industrial, forestry and natural areas. Risks include for example reduced access and visibility along transportation corridors, transmission line hazards, wildfires, reduced lifespans of infrastructure like road surfaces and railways as well as decreased productivity of forestry plantations.

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,819 million (2013) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 22,400 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

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The president and his wife greeted the Mercy Ships volunteers who will provide more than 1,700 surgeries, 8,000 dental procedures and health education during eight months at the world’s fourth largest island nation.

Amidst celebrations, His Excellency President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and his wife, Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, along with Prime Minister Roger Kolo and his wife, Zakia Katoun, personally welcomed the world’s largest civilian hospital ship into port when Mercy Ships docked Saturday in the Port of Toamasina (Tamatave).

During the Africa Mercy’s eight-month stay in the Republic of Madagascar, Mercy Ships plans to provide approximately 1,700 surgeries for adult and child patients onboard, to treat approximately 8,000 at a land-based dental clinic renovated for that purpose, and to provide holistic healthcare education to Malagasy healthcare professionals and community leaders.

“More than the medical care that you are offering, you are bringing life to the Malagasy,” President Rajaonarimampianina shared enthusiastically. “It is the goal of the president to transform the nation – a nation that has suffered 50 years of poverty. It is our goal in the government to bring hope again to our nation, and it is the same mission that Mercy Ships has.”

“We want to take this moment to express all our thanks for all those that have been participating in the realization of this project today,” said Prime Minister Kolo. “We are honored and privileged to have you here in our country and in Tamatave, being able to work with us and serve.”

The international volunteer crew of the Mercy Ship were treated to national music and dances as part of the festivities. A brief tour of the ship was provided for the heads of state and dignitaries. Statements of thanksgiving were made by Rajaonarimampianina, Kolo and Roland Decorvet, Managing Director of the Africa Mercy, along with a presentation of “Dihy Gasy,” a traditional dance that demonstrates the everyday life and mindset of a Malagasy native.

“Thank you to the Prime Minister and to his government for their incomparable support in preparing our arrival with the different concerned entities,” said Decorvet. “All of these operations and care are free for everyone. Indeed, like God’s grace, there is no need to pay. It is free,” concluded Decorvet.

The arrival of the Africa Mercy coincided with Madagascar’s “Year of the Volunteer” celebration. The dock festivities and celebrations were a precursor to a much larger event that took place at Hotel de Ville, where volunteers throughout Madagascar, including newly arrived Mercy Ships crew members, were recognized.

The Africa Mercy brings with her a crew of over 400 professional volunteers from more than 40 nations. They will not only provide medical services to Madagascar’s population of 22 million but will also provide mentoring and training to Malagasy healthcare professionals.

A patient selection center will open in Toamasina on Monday, November 3, and will screen patients throughout the month. All six surgical specialties (maxillofacial, plastic reconstructive, pediatric orthopedic, women’s health, general and ophthalmic) will be screened at the Toamasina site. Additional screenings will be offered in Antananarivo, as well as the highland and coastal regions of Toliara and Mahajanga in January and February.

The last time a Mercy Ship docked in Madagascar was in 1996.


About Mercy Ships: Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than billion, treating more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 40 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on

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Posted On: Toamasina, Republic of Madagascar October 28, 2014

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