Asking a question like “why would a teenager spend time thinking about kudzu?” Makes me wonder if everyone reading this is familiar with the vine that takes over trees and acres of land throughout the south.
The vine was brought to the US as part of a US government trial in finding plants that would help curb soil erosion. But things went awry and well…. kudzu went out of control. For me, growing up Southern, kudzu was something we would see when we hit the road. I can remember playing games about what you could see in kudzu covered trees … Full Article »
Last week, I had the privilege to attend the Borlaug Dialogues, hosted by the World Food Prize. There were incredible conversations that I got to participate in for work, but the casual conversation at lunch on Thursday was one that struck me personally.
I had been delayed getting to the lunch and was thrilled to see an empty seat not too far from the door I came in. The program was under way so I quietly walked up & asked if the seat was taken. It wasn’t so I quickly sat down.
I realized the table had a very interesting … Full Article »
Sweet corn season is a little bit later this year than usual but it’s probably beginning to peak in the St. Louis area. And Monsanto employees are really devoted to their sweet corn like most Midwesterners.
This week we’ve been celebrating sweet corn in a variety of ways. I’ll have to write about it a few times, but last week, we did something a little different on our headquarters campus — of course we picked the hottest day of the summer to do an outside event! We had a local farmer set up a farmer’s market for a few … Full Article »
Last week, thousands of women from all over the US who are passionate about blogging packed suitcases, finalized child care and loaded their technology up for BlogHer ’13. The words BlogHer ’13 probably don’t mean much to many of you, but for women who blog, it is the one time of the year where women from every walk of life get together to network, support each other and learn about making their blogs better.
Thousands of bloggers attend annually, coming from the host city and countries in other hemispheres. They write about a full range of topics women are … Full Article »
This week, I have the opportunity to be a fly on the wall in a place where some incredible minds are going to discuss global challenges regarding food production. The Global Food Security Symposium 2013, hosted by The Chicago Council, will “urge U.S. leadership in mobilizing science, increasing trade and capitalizing on the power of business to meet future food demand.” A topic this big requires a broad range of people to be engaged, and that’s exactly who will be in the room — leaders from science, government, business and civil society.
When I discovered that I was … Full Article »
It’s that time of the year when farmers are headed to meetings to hear about new products, agronomic practices and other things that will be beneficial to know in the coming year. Meetings are held locally, by state and by various commodity organizations. If you are a cotton farmer or work in the cotton industry, you are probably already thinking about the Beltwide Cotton Conferences. I know I am.
The Beltwide holds a long tradition for the industry as well as for many of its members. I wrote about my first Beltwide experience before. There are meetings of all … Full Article »
This is my first summer living in the Midwest and although I had spent a lot of time in St. Louis the last several years, I didn’t really “get it.” Lots of things were familiar and the differences, well I didn’t spend much time on. Slowly though, I am beginning to appreciate the differences.
One big difference?
It seems like people here love sweet corn every bit as much as Southerners love tomatoes. Now don’t get me wrong, I have always loved the taste of sweet corn, especially when it was fresh from the garden. And I know many … Full Article »
A month or so ago, I spent a couple of days with members of our Vegetables team in California. It was a great change in pace from being in the office — having a chance to talk at length with people who spend their days looking for ways to improve fruits and vegetables for farmers and eaters like me. An added bonus was that I met Megan Brown, a sixth generation rancher from Chico, California that I’d been talking with on Twitter for more than two years. (See how happy we were to finally meet each other?)
As somewhat early … Full Article »
A month ago, the Peterson Farm Brothers – Greg, Nathan and Kendal – were busy finishing up wheat harvest on the family’s farm in Assaria, Kansas. They were fairly typical farm guys from what some friends on campus or in town have said.
They are passionate about agriculture and they enjoy having fun. Those two things – paired with Greg’s studies in communications and music – led them to do a song parody / video of LMFAO’s song changing it to “I’m farming and I grow it.”
When I first saw the video, it had been online … Full Article »
Today’s blog post is written by Sarah who I met through Twitter where she uses the handle @houseagbuilt. Sarah teaches elementary school in the Sacramento, California area. She came from a farming background and remains passionate about food and farm. She always knew she wanted to teach too so it seems only natural that she’d combine the two. When she was looking for some materials, we connected and I sent her a box from Cotton’s Journey I had as well as getting her in touch with a California cotton farmer. She learned alot in the process of teaching … Full Article »