Monsanto has always maintained a close relationship with farmers, initially in the U.S. and increasingly in all corners of the world.
We are dedicated to understanding farmers’ needs and helping them meet the challenges they face in their efforts to increase production, maintain soil quality, limit use of water and other scarce natural resources, adhere to increasingly stringent environmental standards, and, individually and collectively, move forward along the path of sustainable agriculture.
In particular, we are focused on the issues faced by farm families on a global basis. Our numerous stakeholder engagements around the world underscore our various commitments on both the micro- and macro-levels. The following are a sampling of sustainable agriculture collaborations and relationships with key stakeholders:
• The National Climate Assessment (NCA) Monsanto is engaged in the effort to prepare the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment. A Monsanto Senior Fellow serves on the 13-member Executive Secretariat and the full 62-member Federal Advisory Committee. He is also a lead author on the Ag Sector chapter and the Sustained Assessment chapter. The NCA, conducted every four years, is an important resource for understanding and communicating climate change science and impacts in the United States. It covers already observed changes, the current status of the climate, and anticipated trends for the future.
The NCA report process integrates scientific information from multiple sources and sectors. NCA establishes consistent methods for evaluating climate impacts in the U.S. and provides input for federal science priorities. NCA findings are used by U.S. citizens, communities and businesses as they create more sustainable and environmentally sound plans for the nation’s future. The NCA is commissioned by The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP ), which coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. NCA began as a presidential initiative in 1989 and was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990.
• The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) A national, public-private partnership, CTIC’s mission is to champion, promote and provide information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife resources, and are productive and profitable. Members include the agricultural industry, publications and associations, as well as conservation organizations and producers. CTIC is supported by the U.S. EPA , Natural Resources Conservation Service and other public entities.
• The Nature Conservancy A leading conservation organization established in 1951, The Nature Conservancy works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Monsanto has a history dating back nearly two decades of close collaboration with TNC on a range of topics and projects, with sustainable agriculture as an overall theme. TNC and its more than one million members have protected nearly 120 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide and operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. TNC addresses threats to conservation involving climate change, fresh water, oceans, and conservation lands.
• University of Florida To boost world corn production, scientists with the University of Florida and Monsanto began collaborating in 2011 to develop an improved computer model for predicting corn growth. Such models are important in understanding the impact of climate change and decreasing water availability on agricultural production systems around the world. The new model, expected to be ready in two to three years, will make projections showing how interactions between corn varieties, environmental conditions and management practices influence grain yield.
When completed, the model, which focuses on corn products for food, animal feed and fuel production, will be placed in the public domain to help researchers conduct studies and provide information to policy makers, industry personnel and extension agents who work with farmers. Monsanto’s involvement is part of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project—or AgMIP —a global modeling consortium that focuses on improving world food security in the face of climate change and enhancing climate-change adaptation capabilities in developed and developing countries. The University of Florida, Columbia University and the USDA lead AgMIP , which involves more than 300 scientists in about 40 countries.
This article is excerpted from Monsanto’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. To see the full report, please visit Monsanto.com.