September 19, 2017
Future of Farming Dialog 2017:

Crop Science Division of Bayer well positioned to fulfill future customer, market and societal needs

Global seed and crop protection market will continue to grow / Business in Brazil expected to return to normal in 2018 / Progress being made in planned Monsanto acquisition / Anticipated closing in early 2018 / Planned R&D investment of approximately EUR 1 billion in 2017 / R&D efforts to bring 15 new products to farmers between 2017 and 2020 / Strong focus on innovation and sustainability / Commitment to transparency
Monheim, September 19, 2017 - Bayer remains convinced that the long-term trends
impacting the global agricultural sector will remain unchanged. "Despite the
current market volatility, our Crop Science business is well positioned to
fulfill future customer, market and societal needs," said Liam Condon, Bayer
Management Board member and President of the Crop Science Division, on Tuesday
during his presentation at the company's Future of Farming Dialog 2017 on
September 18-20.

The event brings together thought leaders and stakeholders from across the
agricultural industry to highlight the need for various groups - including
industry, government, academic and NGO representatives and from both the public
and private sectors - to cooperate to make the world's food system more
sustainable and thus fit for the future.

"The global seed and crop protection market remains volatile in 2017 after a
weak prior year," Condon noted. However, high population growth, changing
consumption patterns and increasing consumer demand for sustainably produced
food will have a positive impact on food production, global agricultural trade
and ultimately on farm income. "Those factors combined with the steadily
growing global demand for feed and biofuel feedstocks support a long-term
increase in demand that will drive our business," Condon pointed out.

Business in Brazil expected to return to normal in 2018

Short-term volatility is always possible in a business dependent on the weather
as well as pest and disease prevalence, especially in tropical climates such as
Brazil. "Over the past two years, lower pest pressure and drought in key parts
of the country have led to lower demand for insecticides and fungicides,"
Condon explained. "We experienced a significant decline in sales and earnings
in connection with historically high channel inventories at the end of this
year's harvest season in Brazil." The elevated inventory situation affects the
entire market but Bayer is likely to be more heavily affected due to its strong
market position in both segments, insecticides and fungicides. Measures have
been initiated in order to return to a more normal situation, for example
re-allocation of products to different markets and lower sell-in.

"For 2018 overall we forecast a return to growth in Brazil," Condon said during
his keynote address at the conference. As previously indicated with the
publication of the Q2 results, due to provisions for Brazil, Bayer is now
anticipating sales of less than EUR 10 billion (previously: sales of more than
EUR 10 billion) for its Crop Science Division in 2017. This corresponds to a
low single-digit percentage decline on a currency- and portfolio-adjusted

Innovation is crucial for sustainable agriculture

Focusing in his speech on sustainable agriculture, Liam Condon also reaffirmed
the commitment of the Crop Science Division to investing in innovation and
developing customized agronomic solutions for farmers that address their
individual needs and challenges.

In this context, Condon emphasized that the proposed acquisition of Monsanto
presents a tremendous opportunity to positively shape the future of farming.
"It is our responsibility to ensure that innovation is made available to
farmers large and small, all over the world. Only then can we make a meaningful
contribution to ensuring a sustainable world food system."

Bayer is also committed to helping meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals
that are related to combating hunger and poverty and promoting good health and
well-being, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and
production patterns as well as climate action and partnering.

Progress being made in planned acquisition of Monsanto / Closing anticipated in
early 2018

Regarding the process and time frame of the acquisition, Condon said that the
company is making progress. In late June 2017, Bayer filed a submission to
obtain antitrust approval from the European Commission. On August 22, the
European Commission initiated a Phase II investigation.

In consultation with the European Commission, Bayer filed an application on
Monday, September 18, to extend the review deadline by ten working days until
January 22, 2018, with the aim of facilitating an appropriate evaluation given
the size of the transaction. "In view of this, an anticipated closing of the
deal in early 2018 is now more likely than end of 2017," Condon said. Bayer has
submitted applications for clearance to almost all of the around 30 relevant
authorities, and has already received approvals from over one-third of them.

Digital Farming products successfully rolled out in more than 30 countries

Condon also addressed the company's efforts in the field of digital
technologies. "We are committed to investing at least EUR 200 million in our
Digital Farming business between 2015 and 2020." Already today, most new farm
machinery is equipped with precision agriculture features. New tools help
farmers optimize inputs such as fertilizer and crop protection agents with
corresponding improvements in yields and quality. "Innovative digital farming
technologies help farmers big and small grow healthier crops more efficiently
and more sustainably," Condon said.

Digital Farming solutions also help meet society's rising requirements in terms
of transparency and sustainability. "We are therefore collaborating closely
with highly competent partners such as Bosch and FaunaPhotonics, universities,
start-up companies and nonprofit organizations like Quantified Planet. By
donating and sharing proprietary data, we are contributing to research into
biodiversity for the benefit of both agriculture and civil society."

Currently, Bayer provides digital solutions in more than 30 countries and is
aiming to achieve rapid further expansion. The new technologies have huge
potential not only in countries such as Canada, the United States, Brazil,
Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia, but also for smallholder farmers in
developing countries. Enabling smallholder farmers to reach their farming
potential is key to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner
and to improve the lives of their families and communities.

R&D investment of approximately EUR 1 billion

During his keynote address, Condon was joined by Adrian Percy, global head of
Research and Development for the Crop Science Division, who shared more
information about Bayer's R&D pipeline and investments. "At Crop Science, we've
been investing approximately EUR 1 billion annually in research and development
to bring new products to the market to address the major challenges affecting
farmers worldwide," Percy pointed out. "We've made it our responsibility to
listen to our customers to understand the specific issues they face from
country to country and region to region, better enabling us to deliver the
customized agronomic solution that fits their individual needs best."

Crop Science R&D pipeline to bring 15 new products to farmers by 2020

"We are very proud of our innovative solutions such as our Luna and Aviator
Xpro fungicides as well as our Sivanto insecticide, which are all
demonstrations of our capability to innovate. Not to mention our LibertyLink
soybean seeds and InVigor canola hybrid varieties with our patented pod shatter
reduction technology," Percy said. "These products have become significant
contributors to revenue within just a few years." Bayer has a variety of
biological crop protection solutions in its development pipeline, for example
Poncho™/VOTiVO™ 2.0. A second, complementary bacterium increases the
productivity of soil around the root, resulting in an increase of available
nutrients for the plant to use.

Percy also outlined the current Crop Science R&D pipeline with 15 active
ingredients and traits / trait combinations to be launched from 2017 to 2020.
The integrated pipeline also contains more than 100 life-cycle management
projects as well as several hundred new seed varieties in vegetable and broad
acre crops. The activities of the global R&D organization will be guided by R&D
targets to address the major unmet needs of growers worldwide with future
innovative solutions in chemical and biological crop protection as well as
seeds and traits.

While Bayer has a world-class R&D team working internally on innovation, the
company has also established a successful external innovation platform to
capitalize on the expertise and strength of many institutions, organizations
from academia and the industry, and start-up companies with common purposes and
goals. "Through strategic research partnerships, crowd-sourcing tools and
venture capital funding, we are collaborating on multiple fronts to ensure that
we can continue to pioneer innovation in agriculture," Percy stated. Recently,
Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston entered into an agreement to create a new
company focused on the plant microbiome with an initial focus on nitrogen
fixation. Improving the microbes' ability to make nitrogen fertilizer available
for plants, offers a major potential benefit for sustainable agriculture and
next-generation solutions to farmers biggest challenges.

Cost of innovation is increasing

In recent years, the average investment needed to bring a new product to market
has increased, strongly driven by increasing regulatory requirements. Percy is
convinced that Bayer is making a difference through cutting-edge science, and
helping farmers around the world produce high-quality food, feed, fiber and
biofuels in a sustainable manner.

"To safeguard these investments, we need a political and regulatory environment
that fosters innovation and collaboration along the broad and multi-layered
value-chain," Percy pointed out. "Our industry depends on scientific research
to enable the transformative technologies needed for our future food security.
If the public does not trust our science, then this security could be in

Commitment to transparency

Percy also reiterated the company's commitment to safety and transparency with
reference to a Bayer initiative to grant access to safety-relevant crop
protection study information used in the registration process. To start with,
safety-related study summaries for a large number of active substances will be
made available via a specially designed Bayer web portal. Additional
information will be provided in the form of video tutorials, infographics and
further elaborated scientific material. The website will go online at the end
of 2017. In the next phase, users will also be able to request access to full,
in-depth safety-related study reports.

"We want everyone - from the general public to members of the scientific
community - to be able to access the information they want in a way that is
fast and easy to understand," Percy said. "We also want the public to
understand why and how we perform safety studies. This is a great opportunity
for a beneficial dialog with the public about how Bayer ensures the safety of
its products."

Societal acceptance is key to close the gap between producer and consumer

"We live in a post-truth era in which populism and political polarization
jeopardize the acceptance of modern science," Liam Condon noted in his opening
speech to the audience. "Well-established scientific facts are questioned by
people who prefer to believe in rumors and emotional campaigns," he continued
and cited a recent Nobel Prize winner: "Gaining consumer trust paves the way
for the scientific breakthroughs needed to ensure healthy food for a growing

Closing his address to the audience gathered at Crop Science's global
headquarters, Percy emphasized the need for everyone in the industry to do a
better job of listening to consumers' concerns and helping to answer the
questions they have about agricultural innovations clearly and transparently.
According to a recent global survey Bayer fielded with 10,000 people in 10
countries, more than 9 out of 10 people believe that ensuring safe, affordable
and nutritious food for everyone through innovation is an urgent issue.
However, many consumers remain emotionally skeptical about trusting science and

"Societal acceptance is key," Percy noted and called for a multi-stakeholder
approach to better engage civil society, especially younger consumers, through
active listening, open dialog and better education about the benefits of
innovation. "That's why we convened such a diverse group at this year's Future
of Farming Dialog - bringing key voices together." Bayer's AgVocacy program,
for example, provides comprehensive training to industry stakeholders to help
them confidently share and explain their work to consumers, while agriculture
education programs such as BayLabs, the global Youth Ag-Summit and Making
Science Make Sense help introduce the next generation to sound science. In
addition, the Bayer Bee Care Program as well as the Bayer ForwardFarming
initiative are important dialog platforms which help close the gap between
producer and consumer.

"Without industry research, innovations in agriculture to address our future
food needs would be greatly diminished. As scientists, our challenge is to
effectively engage and communicate on these issues," Percy summarized. "The
future of food depends on a stronger bond between agriculture and society."

Bayer: Science For A Better Life
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of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to
benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group
aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer
is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and
ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2016, the Group
employed around 115,200 people and had sales of EUR 46.8 billion. Capital
expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.7 billion.
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