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The Western Australian Agriculture Authority (WAAA) and the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) have acquired Monsanto’s 26% equity in InterGrain, effective from 31st August 2016. This change follows a decision from Monsanto to divest its minority shareholding, and results in a total WAAA equity position of 62% and GRDC 38%.
Monsanto’s decision was reached following a strategic review of business opportunities globally.
InterGrain Chairman David Falconer said: “InterGrain understands commercial reasons behind Monsanto’s decision. Over the past six years, InterGrain has had the opportunity to capitalise on Monsanto technologies such as the wheat chipper and high throughput molecular market platform. The benefits of these technologies are embedded in the InterGrain germplasm pipeline and in time will be realised through commercial products”.
InterGrain enjoys a positive relationship with Monsanto and the exit is being undertaken in a planned and amicable manner, allowing InterGrain to complete planned research activities for 2016.
Plant breeding requires a long term commitment and the InterGrain Board and Management are working closely with the remaining Shareholders, WAAA and GRDC to assess new opportunities for the wheat and barley breeding programs.
InterGrain is proud of its achievements over the past 8 years, having made some significant contributions to the industry. The barley program is highly successful, with key varieties such as La Trobe, Flinders and Spartacus CL, while the outlook for the wheat breeding program is positive, evidenced by the recent release of Ninja (high yielding ANW) and Chief CL Plus (high yielding two gene imi line).