Monsanto announced today that it is committing an additional $3 million to the Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program (MBBISP), funding the program through 2016.
Speaking to international students, academic advisors and agricultural leaders at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) Conference in Atlanta, Monsanto Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant announced the additional commitment to fund the program, focused on training the next generation of global rice and wheat breeders.
To date, the MBBISP program has supported 52 students from 21 different countries. With today’s additional commitment announcement of $3 million, Monsanto’s total program investment equals $13 million and will fund the program through 2016.
“Farmers need the best innovations if they are to help feed, clothe and power our growing world in a sustainable way,” said Grant. “Innovations come from the best and brightest minds around the world and agriculture is a business where innovations are not only needed, but essential for the future. Talented young men and women can find a home in agriculture to put their energy, ideas and passion to work to make a significant, positive impact on their world and real people.”
Monsanto established MBBISP in 2009 in honor of Hank Beachell, Ph.D., and Norman Borlaug, Ph.D., two preeminent plant breeders in rice and wheat respectively. Their lifelong work laid the foundation for the tremendous increases in rice and wheat production that continue to help feed the world today. The goal of MBBISP is to: (1) aid in the development of highly educated rice and wheat breeders who can serve as future leaders in the field of agriculture and (2) provide opportunities for young scientists to experience the important work and mission of public sector research institutions, particularly in developing countries. More information on MBBISP is available at www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars.
The Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program is administered by the AgriLife Center at Texas A&M University.
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