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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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Ideas Shaping Our Lives and Our Plates

Featured Article

By Robb Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

This week, the annual Aspen Ideas Festival is happening in Aspen, Colo.  The Festival  attracts a unique mix of thought leaders  for conversations on a wide range of topics, but one topic in particular has brought Monsanto to the table as a sponsor: The Future of Food: Our Planet, Our Plates.

At Monsanto, we are dedicated to helping provide the world’s farmers with the tools they need to grow food for a balanced meal today and in the future. Everyone agrees we need to produce food more sustainably: growing enough … Full Article »

Learning the Ways in Which Farming is Unique in each State

By Ashley S., Row Crops Sales Intern and Student Ambassador

North Dakota is the land of the Red River Valley, where fields are filled with corn, soybeans, wheat, sugarbeets and sunflowers! It’s where I am working for Monsanto as a U.S. Row Crop Sales Intern with ASGROW® and DEKALB® Brands this summer. Originally from Iowa, I am studying Agronomy and Animal Science at Iowa State University. I grew up on a family farm where I was surrounded by agriculture; it was there that I first found a love for the industry.

This is my second internship with the U.S. Row … Full Article »

What is a Plant?

By Qi Wang
Monsanto R&D IT Strategy Lead
Senior Science Fellow

Imagine a manufacturing plant entirely self-managed by software – billions of lines of code – and the plant is completely sustainable.

Self-managing because the plant could develop its own architectural blueprint, set its own foundation in the ground, raise its own buildings with hundreds of units.  Sustaining because it could switch tens of thousands of manufacturing processes on and off based on supplies and environmental conditions, and when the products are finally made, it would shut itself off.  Oh, by the way, every part of the facility is bio-degradable … Full Article »

Making My Performance Count

By Colton H, Engineering Intern and Student Ambassador
Agriculture has always been a passion of mine. Growing up on a row crop and cattle operation in northern Missouri really ingrained in me the importance of the industry, which ultimately led to my life-long goal of having a career combining engineering and ag. So, when Monsanto offered me a position within Global Engineering as a Seed Process Engineering Co-op, I quickly realized the significance of the opportunity. This co-op experience has not only allowed me to take a big step forward in my personal and professional development, but it has … Full Article »

Sugar beets

Which is More Genetically Modified: Sugarcane or Sugar Beets?

By Santiago Navarro
Monsanto Molecular Weed Control Lead

Sugar, whether naturally in food or added to it, can be found in many food products. In 2015, the global sugar and sweetener market totaled roughly $106 billion, despite the political controversy over sugar that’s lasted more than 200 years.

Sugar first sparked discourse with the British blockades on sugarcane that prompted the search for alternatives, leading Napoleon to promote the study and cultivation of sugar beets during the Napoleonic Wars in the 1800s. Currently, about 20 percent of the world’s sugar production comes from sugar beets. But now a new … Full Article »

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Innovation and Collaboration Drive Climate-Smart Agriculture in the U.S.

By Audrey Ball

In 2015, Monsanto became the founding co-chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative. Through partnerships with key stakeholders and internal initiatives, Monsanto is defining a concrete path to make CSA a reality for large-scale commodity agriculture.

As a key participant in agriculture, Monsanto is a change agent in conversations for increased sustainability in food production, and also contributes the science to make this sustainability reality. Before announcing its carbon neutrality commitment last December and publicly pledging to share research findings, Monsanto commissioned a report from ICF International to measure … Full Article »

Student Experience Includes Upgrading Planters

By Elena L., Spring Intern and Student Ambassador

When I switched my major to technical systems management in the fall of 2015, I never imagined that I would be working for a company in that field in the very near future.  After receiving an offer from Monsanto for a six-month production engineering co-op for the spring of 2016, I thought to myself, “Agriculture?  I know nothing about agriculture.  How am I going to survive?”  Yet, as December approached, I found myself finalizing plans for my move to St. Louis to work with the company that has earned a place in … Full Article »

Exploring the Next Food Revolution

By Mike Frank, Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival – an annual event where smart minds in a lot of different fields get together to work on the big challenges facing the planet.

One of these challenges – and the one I personally am focused on – is how to feed a growing world while using fewer resources. As you might imagine, there are a lot of different ideas about how to do that, and a lot of questions. How can we reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint? And in turn, … Full Article »

The Glamour of Agriculture

By Rahul. S., Summer Intern and Student Ambassador

In the past, when I thought of agriculture, I imagined a man wearing long overalls, planting seed in a field, a toothpick in his teeth and a cow somewhere in the background. I am a computer engineer and never in a million years would have thought that I’d work for an agriculture company. I did not know how I was going to face my friends who were interning at Google.

But now I know that agriculture is so much more than that. Agriculture is an extremely sophisticated and complex discipline that … Full Article »

Monsanto Demonstrates Inclusion of LGBT Community

Carlos Guzmán, North America Procurement Lead

As a gay employee, I have been transparent with previous employers about my sexuality. But, I never felt comfortable enough to put a picture of my husband and me on my desk without fearing a negative response from coworkers or the possibility of being limited for career opportunities. That feeling changed when I started working at Monsanto in 2012.

Prior to accepting Monsanto’s job offer, I researched the company’s commitment to inclusion and diversity. That’s how I learned about Encompass, Monsanto’s business resource network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and their … Full Article »

A Semester of Productivity

By Aaron M.., Summer Intern and Student Ambassador

Thanks to Monsanto, I obtained my first real-world engineering experience this year.  Although it may sound like a simple achievement, it was a milestone for the rest of my professional career, as it is my life-long goal to become an electrical engineer. I still remember driving up to Muscatine, Iowa, more than a thousand miles away from my home in Texas, perhaps a little afraid of the uncertainty of what was to come and completely oblivious to the great experience that was in store.
I serendipitously came to the company through … Full Article »