It was a busy year in 2013, and a number of significant events occurred with our businesses. In no particular order, here are 10 of them.
1. Monsanto announced a Clinton Global Initiative commitment to action on honey bee health. We also formed a Honey Bee Advisory Council and hosted the first of its kind Bee Health Summit.
2. Monsanto delivered a third consecutive year of strong growth on performance of our global portfolio.
3. Monsanto pledged an additional $3 million for corn rootworm research.
4. The company advanced a record 18 projects in our integrated yield pipeline across multiple research areas.
5. Midwest farmers prepared for their first harvest using FieldScripts.
6. Dr Robert Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer, was named a recipient of the World Food Prize.
8. Monsanto completed the acquisition of The Climate Corporation.
9. The groundbreaking for a major expansion of Monsanto’s research facility in Chesterfield, Mo., was held.
10. Monsanto pledged multi-stage support to aid Philippines and local farmers devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
11. Monsanto committed an additional $3 million to continuing the Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program.