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Meet Jennifer, Monsanto’s Latest Life Saver

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Each year, Monsanto provides Global Safety and Ethics Awards to recognize employees whose personal character positively impacts their communities. As part of these awards, we acknowledge a special group of employees who have saved lives in emergency situations.

Jennifer is one of these employees, who in 2014 was one of four recipients of Monsanto’s Actively Caring Life Saver Award.

Jennifer, Regional Business Director, Woonsocket, South Dakota

Q: Tell us what you did in order to earn the Actively Caring Life Saver Award?

A: I saved a colleague’s life by performing the Heimlich Maneuver.

Q: What can you tell us about Full Article »

Why Safety? Why Me? Featured Article

By Kayleigh GrayResearch Associate

In 2008 the Winnipeg Police Service embarked on a public education program specific to reducing speed.  Each year they develop a new public service announcement demonstrating the consequences of driving beyond the speed limit.  This past year the concept was a direct comparison of the results of a collision at two different speeds. A Monsanto employee participated in this program. This is her story.

I cannot pinpoint my exact age, let alone the exact moment when safety became truly important to me, but I do know I was very young.

Today I am not … Full Article »

Reflections from a FIRST® Robotics Team Mentor Featured Article

Recently, more than 18,000 students from around the world traveled to St. Louis to participate in the annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship. All four FIRST programs support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education through immersing students in real-world engineering experiences. At the most advanced level of the competition is the FIRST Robotics Championship (FRC®) for Grades 9 through 12; guided by professional mentors, students develop game-playing robots that compete against one another in various challenges.

Over the years, Monsanto has continued to sponsor FIRST-participating teams, with our employees regularly stepping up to … Full Article »

National Pollinator Health Strategy Released Today Featured Article

By Jerry Hayes, Monsanto Honey Bee Health Lead

Today, U.S. President Barack Obama’s Pollinator Health Task Force released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators (Strategy). The Strategy highlights the importance and benefits of public-private partnerships to improve pollinators’ health and habitats.

Notably, the Strategy identifies several partnerships that are making significant contributions to pollinator health. The Honey Bee Health Coalition (HBHC) is one of these partnerships, and I’m proud to say Monsanto is a member. HBHC is a diverse collaborative effort convened by The Keystone Policy Center and consists of more than 30 … Full Article »

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The Green Data Revolution’s Role in Feeding Our Growing Population Featured Article

By Mike Stern
President and Chief Operating Officer, The Climate Corporation and Vice-President, Monsanto

The 1940s ushered in the first wave of what is now called the Green Revolution, which brought significant advancements in plant breeding. This era was quickly followed by additional waves of innovation in advanced breeding and biotechnology, which helped reduce risk and increase food production. The advances seen in the Green Revolution helped us to feed more than 2 billion people who joined our population over that time.

Today, we believe that we’re on the cusp of another important wave of innovation, the Green Data Revolution, … Full Article »

The sweet corn is up! Featured Article

By Nick Weber

In a previous blog post, “The Rookie Tractor Driver,” we covered planting sweet corn on a Missouri farm. This week, I returned to the farm to check on the status of the crop.

I have to admit: I was more than a little excited to visit the sweet corn planted on April 15. After meeting the farmer, Warren, at the shed to say hello, I led my colleagues, Erin and Ben, out to the patch of ground where the sweet corn was popping out of the ground. My excitement level caused me to walk at … Full Article »

The WEF PISAgro Corn Ecosystem Partnership in Indonesia Featured Article

“I feel proud to produce more corn from my farm, and earn more for my family. For the first time, I feel the seed companies like Monsanto, Cargill, and bank like BRI, – are collaborating so I can be successful. This is the first time I participated in this project and I benefited from the best agricultural practice training. I am looking forward to more secured yield and better earnings so my wife and children can live comfortably and peacefully. I also hope that I can continue to produce and earn more.” – Suyanto

Suyanto, a 43-year-old farmer from Jrambe … Full Article »

Monsanto’s Culture of Diversity Featured Article

By Steven Mizell
Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Monsanto

As a global company with more than 20,000 employees located all over the world, diversity is more than a value to which we ascribe. It’s the way we do business and a core part of what we are as an organization.

Our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture starts with our industry and the challenges we are working to solve. Agriculture is a global endeavor, critical to each and every one of us, from all walks of life. We need to understand and appreciate the needs of our customers and others … Full Article »

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Earth Day and Corn Farming: 45 Years of Progress Featured Article

By Robert T. Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Imagine, as the world grows more hot and crowded, not having to using more land for farms but returning some of it instead to forest and grassland. Imagine the reductions in soil erosion and water consumption, the decline of greenhouse gas emissions, and a host of other benefits for our planet.

It’s possible. Corn farmers have shown how.

So as we mark Earth Day this April, I want to call attention to an aspect of corn farming that is too often lost in the story of our food systems. I want to celebrate … Full Article »

The Rookie Tractor Driver Featured Article

By Nick Weber
Monsanto Digital Team

As I eased into the padded seat of the John Deere® 3020 tractor with a four-row planter, I placed both hands on the steering wheel, more at 9 and 3 than 10 and 2, feeling nervous, excited and confident. Warren, my farmer host, hopped up on the wheel seat and quickly explained each part of the tractor.

There were four levers and a couple pedals on each side. On the right, a wide pedal wasn’t just one brake; it was for the left and right, whatever that meant. Warren pointed out the clutch on … Full Article »

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Employee Spotlight: Mary Featured Article

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we’re celebrating our employees who collectively volunteered more than 113,000 hours of service in 2014.

We’re spotlighting two Monsanto employees who received The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) this year. On Wednesday we shared the story of Frank from the Muscatine, Iowa site. Today, we’re featuring Mary of Centralia, Ill. Together, they gave more than 1,250 hours of their time for community outreach.

Mary has worked at the Monsanto site in Centralia, Ill., for 16 years. Beside her duties as a seed technician, she has served as the site’s off-the-job safety coordinator for seven years, and recently Full Article »