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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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The Great Plains Wildfires: Agriculture Stepping Up in a Time of Need

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By Brett Begemann, Monsanto President and Chief Operating Officer

Having spent my life in agriculture, one of the things I love about people in my field is our ability to come together when there’s a need, such as helping a neighbor harvest a crop or pitching in to move livestock. There’s a need right now—there are ranchers and farmers in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas suffering from losses because of wildfires that occurred this month.

These wildfires spread so fast—moving 40 miles per hour according to some reports—that farmers and ranchers could not move fast enough to protect their livestock, … Full Article »

Monsanto did not ghostwrite the Williams et al (2000) glyphosate paper Featured Article

Recently, in the context of personal injury litigation filed against Monsanto, plaintiffs’ attorneys have cherry picked a single email – out of more than 10 million pages of documents produced – to allege that Monsanto scientists ghostwrote “Safety Evaluation and Risk Assessment of the Herbicide Roundup and Its Active Ingredient, Glyphosate, for Humans,” a paper on glyphosate safety by internationally recognized experts Gary M. Williams, Robert Kroes and Ian C. Munro published in Regulatory Toxicology & Pharmacology in 2000.

These allegations are false. Monsanto scientists did not ghostwrite the paper. The paper and its conclusions are the work of Dr. … Full Article »

Monsanto Earns 2nd Consecutive Digital Edge Award for Innovative IT, Supply Chain Practices

Monsanto has been named a 2017 Digital Edge 50 award winner for its initiative, “Securing Our Food Supply through Modernization of Hybrid Seed Production.” The global effort spans Monsanto’s supply chain and IT departments to integrate the company’s various platforms – from research to production to the commercial teams – connecting processes and systems to advance Monsanto’s field and facility practices around the world.

“The complexity and scale of the initiatives in the Digital Edge 50 show how quickly organizations are progressing to the next phase of digital transformation,” said Anne McCrory, Digital Edge program chair and Group VP, Customer … Full Article »

Monsanto responds to misleading New York Times GMO article Featured Article

We were disappointed to read this weekend’s piece on GMO crops in the New York Times (“Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops”).  The reporter chose to cherry-pick data to argue that GMOs have failed to provide significant benefits, especially yield increases, to farmers in the United States.  The reporter’s arguments were misinformed– and overlooked the perspectives of millions of farmers in the United States, India, South America and elsewhere in the world, who have chosen to plant GMOs over the past two decades.

We were especially disappointed because we engaged with this reporter on multiple occasions … Full Article »

From Starvation to Scientist

By Kwan Thai
Commercial Events Characterization Lead

Do you know what it is like to be hungry? Not the “I’m hungry, I need a snack” kind of hungry. Real hunger, as in starvation. According to the World Food Programme, one in eight people in the world suffer from hunger or starvation, so maybe you do know. If it’s something you’ve only seen on TV though, let me tell you what it’s like.

At the beginning of starvation, you feel extremely hungry. Then, the hunger pangs go away, and you get weaker and weaker – to the point that you’re barely … Full Article »

Monsanto responds to flawed study by Samsel claiming glyphosate in vaccines

by Dan Goldstein, MD, Pediatrician & Toxicologist; & Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto

Anthony Samsel and the activist group Moms Across America have suggested recently that glyphosate is found in vaccines. Nothing from Anthony Samsel’s results provides reliable evidence that glyphosate is present in vaccines. Everything that regulatory agencies and credible scientists know about glyphosate tells us this outcome is extremely unlikely. Unfortunately, such sensational allegations only serve to spark unwarranted fear and confusion and make finding reliable information much more difficult. In this post, I will discuss how this accusation is not credible by looking into the science behind the … Full Article »

What does carbon neutral mean? A Q&A with an expert

Mike Lohuis is the Ag Environmental Strategy Lead at Monsanto, and is helping develop our strategy to address climate change. Here he answers some questions about our commitment to carbon neutrality.

What is Carbon Neutral Crop Production, and why is it important?

Crops use the process of photosynthesis to naturally convert carbon-dioxide from the atmosphere into oxygen and organic carbon in the form of plant biomass, roots and grain. However, the use of tillage, fuel, fertilizer, manure and other inputs used to grow crops also release carbon-dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG) back into the atmosphere. Carbon-neutral cropping is a … Full Article »

Bringing a Business Perspective to the Agriculture World

By Richard M., Commercial Finance Intern & Student Ambassador

This summer, I had the opportunity to work for Monsanto as a Commercial Finance Intern, and it has definitely been my favorite job experience!  Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, I knew that Monsanto was a global agriculture company, but I didn’t know much more about it than that.  My love for agriculture truly began when I was young; I had the opportunity to drive around my uncle’s farm and saw some of the corn that he grew.  This experience led me to think about how interesting life as a farmer … Full Article »

My Monsanto Experience

By Audrey Ball

Nine months ago, I was serving as president of Net Impact at Washington University in St. Louis, a student organization dedicated to empowering leaders in business and sustainability, and had the opportunity to visit Monsanto. Fourteen of my Net Impact colleagues and I toured the Monsanto technology headquarters at Chesterfield and attended a presentation given by Gabriela Burian, the sustainable ag ecosystems lead, explaining Monsanto’s involvement in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative. It was November, an important month for the sustainability world, as stakeholders prepared to come together … Full Article »

Large Scale to Small Scale

By Emily T., Production Research Intern and Student Ambassador

I will be a senior in Agronomy at Iowa State University this fall. Originally, I came to Iowa State as an Animal Science major, but then switched to Agronomy at the beginning of my sophomore year. By that time, I had acquired a passion for crop production and realized that I wanted to learn more about agronomy. It is exciting to be a part of producing the grain that farmers will grow in the future to feed the world! Now, as I embark upon my final year, I know that it … Full Article »

India Takes Center Stage in Climate Smart Agriculture and Sustainable Development

By Audrey Ball

When Monsanto signed on to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative, it committed to collaboratively finding solutions to cross-continental challenges that take on different forms in every geography.

Building resilience and mitigating climate change in different regions requires global partners and tactics tailored to local landscapes. Monsanto India strives to understand and serve the unique needs of its farmer customers and has become a global leader for Monsanto’s climate-smart agriculture efforts.

Agriculture uses 85-90 percent of freshwater in India, a fact that Rakesh Dubey, policy and stakeholder engagement lead for … Full Article »