Bayer wants to buy Monsanto for $62 billion, hooking up the German chemical and drug company with the St. Louis-based producer of seeds and weed-killers.
The deal would create a global giant in agriculture technology touching much of global food production through the development of seeds and pesticides.
Q: Why would Bayer want to buy Monsanto?
A: The takeover would create the world's largest seed and farm chemical company with a strong presence spread across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
A: One reason: Part of the deal will be paid for by issuing new shares. Shareholders either pay to sign up or see their share of earnings shrink through dilution of their holdings.
Q: Why is that a problem?
Q: Anything else?
Q: Does this mean Bayer will now try to sell genetically modified Monsanto crop seeds in Europe?
Q: What's going to happen to people who work for Monsanto?
Q: What's it mean for Monsanto's headquarters community?
Q: What would the deal mean for farmers?
A: Bayer says that its customers will get a broader range of products such as seeds and pesticides that work better together. New products and innovation would increase the amount farmers can growth from a given acreage. Bayer executive Condon said that "at the end of the day, what we are trying to do is increase farmers' yields."