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BASF Buys Biological Seed Treatment Firm for $1 Billion

10:53 AM MDT | September 20, 2012 | Rebecca Coons

BASF says it plans to acquire biological seed treatment maker Becker Underwood (Ames, IA) from Norwest Equity Partners, for €785 million ($1.02 billion). Becker is expected to achieve sales of $240 million for fiscal-year 2012, ending September 30. As part of the acquisition, BASF Crop Protection will create a strategic global business unit called Functional Crop Care. The unit will merge BASF’s existing research, development, and marketing activities in the areas of seed treatment, biological crop protection, plant health, as well as water and...

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