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Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
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Industry Careers = Good and Impactful Science

Featured Article

Since the advent of GMO crops, agriculture across the globe has undergone immense transformation, becoming the productive system in place today. The benefits of GMO crops are clear – corn farmers in developed countries have increased their productivity and yields. Take the U.S. for example, according to the USDA*, corn yields have grown by 35% since the first introduction of GM. The benefits for farmers in developing countries are equally remarkable. Consider India, where cotton yields have increased over 90% since Bt cotton made its mark.

From left to right: David Fischhoff, Sherri Brown and Fred Perlak

The discovery and … Full Article »

Experiencing the World Through My View of My Cube

By Sarah M., Summer Intern and Student Ambassador

Does your average work day consist of IM (instant messenger) chats with Argentina, emails from India, and phone calls from Brazil? It is a possibility if you are working for a global company, or in my case, interning with the Global Financial Planning and Analysis team (FP&A) at Monsanto.  This summer I am learning all about what it means to be part of a global organization and gaining knowledge and experience in unexpected ways.

About Me

I grew up in Carmel, Indiana, which is about 15 miles north of Indianapolis.  I … Full Article »

“Seeding Fear” Seeds Misinformation Featured Article

By Nick Weber

Yesterday, Neil Young released a documentary video, “Seeding Fear,” featuring Alabama farmer Michael White and his side of the story about his legal dealings with Monsanto. While the video appears to be “heartbreaking,” the reality is much different, as Mr. White’s story is incomplete and the video is sprinkled throughout with inaccurate information.

The case of Michael White vs. Monsanto

Mr. White is not transparent in describing his actions or the situation. He actually admitted to knowingly planting, producing, saving, cleaning and selling Roundup Ready® soybeans illegally. All of this information is available in court … Full Article »

GMOs Featured on Star Talk Podcast Featured Article

By Nick Weber

Many know Bill Nye as “The Science Guy” – who has educated millions of children in the U. S. with his science-themed television show. Today, he is still revered as a science advocate and expert, always charging those around him to look for the scientific reasoning behind their world.

In 2014, Nye published a book that made his opinions of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, known: he was unclear about their benefit and long-term effects. In early 2015, Monsanto invited him to visit our facilities and see for himself what the company is all about, and why … Full Article »

Growing the Seeds of Opportunity

By Colin C., Student Ambassador and Summer Intern

This summer has flown by at the Corn Production Plant in Waterman, Illinois, where I have had the opportunity to learn about the different activities inside the plant and outside in the seed production fields. This is my second internship with Monsanto.

The Plant

Throughout the month of June, the warehouses here become filled with the unsold corn seed that is returned from the dealers. When the corn is unloaded off of the truck, it is sorted according to each variety and batch. After sorting, it will be rebagged and tested to … Full Article »

Innovation is Key: Syngenta Combination would Give Farmers More Tools Featured Article

By Brett Begemann, President and Chief Operating Officer

There’s never been a more important or exciting time to be in agriculture, and I’m fortunate to be able to get out and talk with folks around the country about what these dynamic times have meant for their businesses and customers.

I had a chance this week to talk with growers, researchers and bank leaders who help farmers continue to invest to meet the changing demands of our growing world. I served on a panel Wednesday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s annual Agriculture Symposium, which focused on the … Full Article »

Remington IN photo

A Great Treatment Featured Article

By Kara Horner, Student Ambassador and Summer Intern

Summer is an exciting time in the Global Engineering group – projects are kicked-off, contractors arrive on site, and work begins to complete all construction by harvest. After only a week of orientation, training, and adjusting to office life in St. Louis, MO, I traded my business casual attire for a hard hat, steel toe boots, and high visibility t-shirts.

I was eager to return to the field and visit several of our corn and soybean production facilities to see the many projects being implemented this year. Already this summer I … Full Article »

EPA Releases New Glyphosate Safety Report, Reaffirms Glyphosate is Not an Endocrine Disruptor Featured Article

By Steve Levine, Ph.D., Senior Science Fellow
Ecotoxicology and Environmental Risk Assessment, Lead

Just last week, a comprehensive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) screening program confirmed that glyphosate, a primary ingredient in Roundup brand herbicides, is not an endocrine disruptor. As a long-time Monsanto scientist who has spent my career studying the health and safety of pesticides, including glyphosate, I was happy to see that the safety profile of one of our products was upheld by an independent regulatory agency.

I know that farmers, gardeners and other users rely on this herbicide because of both its effectiveness and its extremely … Full Article »

Correcting “The Monsanto Years” Featured Article

Last week, Neil Young and The Promise of the Real released “The Monsanto Years” album, and this week they started their concert tour.  Many of us at Monsanto have been and are fans of Neil Young.  Unfortunately, the depiction of agriculture in his lyrics is inaccurate, and the album fails to reflect our strong beliefs in what we do every day to help make agriculture more sustainable.

The challenge is there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about who we are and what we do – and unfortunately several of those myths are captured in the lyrics of … Full Article »

Value Outside the Bag Featured Article

By Joshua E., Student Ambassador and Summer Intern

Imagine finishing up with semester finals, packing up enough clothes and necessities for three months, and moving half way across the country in just a week.  That is exactly what I, an Iowa farm boy, did during the middle of May.  Moving to Washington, D.C. to intern with Monsanto Government Affairs was quite the change of pace for me, but it is a pace I have learned to love.

As a child, my dad always taught me the importance of policy and government affairs.  Shortly after he graduated college, he decided to … Full Article »

Our Perspective on the Maui County Initiative Featured Article

Earlier today, a federal court declared the Maui County initiative seeking to ban GMO crops is contrary to federal and state laws, and therefore is invalid.

The Maui County Farming Ban was placed on the November ballot by the SHAKA (Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for the Keiki and the ‘Aina) movement and was passed by an extremely close margin.

As longtime residents of Maui County, we are pleased with the court’s decision. For us, it’s important that farmers and gardeners on Maui and Molokai will continue to have the freedom to plant the seeds of their choice, whether those seeds are … Full Article »