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11 Things You May Not Have Known About Monsanto in 2013

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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.

7. Monsanto entered into an agreement with Bayer for next generation and enabling technologies and with DuPont on a technology licensing agreement for next generation soybean technologies.

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.

5 Responses to "11 Things You May Not Have Known About Monsanto in 2013"

    • Susan, we’re as aware as anyone of all the claims made about seed treatment products. They’re made by Syngenta and Bayer, but we use them on many of our seeds. They offer incredible benefits for farmers, including the reduced need for spraying chemicals to control pests. The bee health issue is complex, and no one factor can be blamed. If you ask beekeepers what their single biggest problem is, they will tell you it’s the Varroa mite — a parasite that can only be controlled by spraying chemicals directly into the hives (and we don’t make these chemicals). Our research is focused on how to control the mite without having to use these chemicals.

  1. A prominent headline lately is the demise of the Monarch Butterfly. Just an idea that could help save the Monarch and bring you very good Public Relations would be to donate some acreage across the country with no pesticides to plant milkweed. It could go a long way to save the Monarch that those of us that have been planting milkweed in pots or in our little yards can hardly match. I’m sure this will be a complete thank you for your email and nothing but I could show you how easy it would be to gain some PR and how easy it has been to help the Monarchs by just planting a few milkweed plants. I realize this is not the impact of the bee demise which could kill us all but it is a small step that you could actually make a huge difference. There is such an easy solution to the problem. Thanks anyway.





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