Monsanto Said to Seek Crop Chemicals Deals With BASF, Bayer

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  • U.S. firm said to prefer BASF for assets or partnership
  • Monsanto talks with Bayer said to focus on asset purchases

After losing the battle for Syngenta AG, Monsanto Co. has explored possible deals with BASF SE and Bayer AG of Germany as the U.S. seed company seeks to bolster its position amid industry consolidation, according to people familiar with the matter.

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