ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has agreed to acquire Marmot, S.A., which
operates Semillas Cristiani Burkard (SCB), a privately-held seed company
headquartered in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Once completed, the
acquisition will build on Monsanto's corn business leadership and enable
it to offer farmers in Central American countries broader access to corn
seed varieties. The transaction will be completed as soon as practical.
Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"With more than 40 years in the seed business, SCB is the leading
provider of high-quality products to farmers in Central America," said
Brett Begemann, Monsanto's executive vice-president of Global
Commercial. "This acquisition, which solidifies Monsanto's position as
the leading corn seed provider in the Latin and Central American
regions, will enable our companies to provide new and innovative
higher-yielding corn seed offerings to farmers."

"We are pleased to have entered into this agreement with Monsanto," said
Antonio Juan Cristiani Burkard, SCB's President, Founder and Chief
Executive Officer. "The agreement will allow both Monsanto and SCB to
leverage their strong R&D capabilities, germplasm base and breeding
capabilities to bring new technology to farmers."

SCB focuses on hybrid corn seed production and is a leading provider of
corn, sorghum, forage sorghum, soybeans, and pastures (grass-type
seeds). The company operates in twelve countries throughout North,
Central and South America and the Caribbean. SCB's General Manager
Antonio Cristiani Moscoso will continue to lead the SCB business and its
360 employees.

SCB adds a strong market presence to strengthen Monsanto's seed
footprint in the region. The company has long standing relationships
with farmers and works with more than 900 dealers in the Central
American region. SCB is also a distributor of Seminis vegetable seeds, a
product of Monsanto's vegetable seed division.

Monsanto believes that the acquisition will enhance the company's
international corn seed business and its genetics portfolio, enabling
the company to deliver new seed offerings to farmers. Longer term,
pending regulatory approvals, Monsanto believes the acquisition holds
the opportunity to expand the potential adoption of biotechnology traits
internationally.

About Semillas Cristiani Burkard

Founded in 1966, Semillas Cristiani Burkard is a leading seed company in
the Latin America Tropics headquartered in Guatemala. It is devoted to
the development of seed for corn, grain sorghum, forage sorghum hybrids
and soybean varieties.

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based
solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and
food quality. For more information, please visit the company's web site
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