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Bayer Abandons Work on Louisiana Dicamba Plant

Bayer AG said on Tuesday it will scrap a nearly $1 billion project to produce the chemical dicamba in the United States, but said the move is unrelated to a federal court decision that blocked sales of weedkillers based on the product.
The German-based company is moving to save cash as it wages an expensive legal battle to fight allegations that another product, its glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup, causes cancer. Bayer denies the claims.
The company said it is halting work on a new dicamba plant in Luling, Louisiana, because global overcapacity for producing the chemical made the investment less attractive. Instead, Bayer will continue to buy dicamba and produce its XtendiMax herbicide at another plant in Iowa, according to a statement.
“Stopping construction enables us to preserve cash and prioritize our investments in new innovation for farmers,” Bayer said.
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