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Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
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Earth Day and Corn Farming: 45 Years of Progress Featured Article

By Robert T. Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Imagine, as the world grows more hot and crowded, not having to using more land for farms but returning some of it instead to forest and grassland. Imagine the reductions in soil erosion and water consumption, the decline of greenhouse gas emissions, and a host of other benefits for our planet.

It’s possible. Corn farmers have shown how.

So as we mark Earth Day this April, I want to call attention to an aspect of corn farming that is too often lost in the story of our food systems. I want to celebrate … Full Article »

The Rookie Tractor Driver Featured Article

By Nick Weber
Monsanto Digital Team

As I eased into the padded seat of the John Deere® 3020 tractor with a four-row planter, I placed both hands on the steering wheel, more at 9 and 3 than 10 and 2, feeling nervous, excited and confident. Warren, my farmer host, hopped up on the wheel seat and quickly explained each part of the tractor.

There were four levers and a couple pedals on each side. On the right, a wide pedal wasn’t just one brake; it was for the left and right, whatever that meant. Warren pointed out the clutch on … Full Article »

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Employee Spotlight: Mary Featured Article

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we’re celebrating our employees who collectively volunteered more than 113,000 hours of service in 2014.

We’re spotlighting two Monsanto employees who received The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) this year. On Wednesday we shared the story of Frank from the Muscatine, Iowa site. Today, we’re featuring Mary of Centralia, Ill. Together, they gave more than 1,250 hours of their time for community outreach.

Mary has worked at the Monsanto site in Centralia, Ill., for 16 years. Beside her duties as a seed technician, she has served as the site’s off-the-job safety coordinator for seven years, and recently Full Article »

Employee Spotlight: Frank Featured Article

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we’re celebrating our employees who collectively volunteered more than 113,000 hours of service in 2014.

We’re spotlighting two Monsanto employees who received The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) this year. Today we’re featuring Frank of Muscatine, Iowa. Check back on Friday to read about Mary of Centralia, Ill. site. Together, they gave more than 1,250 hours of their time for community outreach.

Frank has worked as a production technician for more than 18 years at the Monsanto site in Muscatine, Iowa. He finds joy in sharing how his group has helped to change the neighborhoods they
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Fact Check: Setting the record straight on the Dr. Oz segment on glyphosate safety Featured Article

We watched the Dr. Oz segment, and we stand by our statement: All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health. This is backed up by decades of data on glyphosate that have been extensively reviewed by the U.S. EPA and other regulatory agencies and science organizations, including the European Commission, Health Canada and many others. We welcome dialogue with consumers on these important issues, and we invite anyone with questions about glyphosate safety or other topics to reach out to us at discover.monsanto.com.

On his program today, Dr. Oz said he couldn’t get anyone who supports … Full Article »

Do we review studies on our products? Yep – we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t Featured Article

By Aimee Hood
Communications Lead,
Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs 

I am the mother of two boys, and, like you, know that the safety and nutrition of the food that my family eats is very important. I am also an employee at Monsanto, and as a member of the Regulatory Team I work closely with dedicated scientists who spend their time thinking about and assessing the safety of every product we develop.

At any time a study can be published that has a new finding or draws a new conclusion about one of our products.  From time to time, … Full Article »

Statement on Dr. Oz’s Segment on IARC and Glyphosate Safety Featured Article

As consumers ourselves, we at Monsanto are committed to both the safety of our products and to transparency and engagement with society.  We’ve joined with the industry and other groups to explain our disagreement and concern with the recent classification of glyphosate by IARC.  All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever compiled on an agricultural product.  More information on glyphosate is available here, and information from the industry is posted here.

Recently, we were informed that The Dr. Oz Show plans to … Full Article »

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The Importance of Knowledge Transfer in Corn Traits in Vietnam Featured Article

In early April, Dekalb Vietnam, a subsidiary of Monsanto, launched the first Integrated Knowledge Transfers fields in Dong Nai province. The program aims to provide hundreds of Vietnamese farmers the opportunity for the first time to grow corn seeds with weed management and insect protection traits and transfer the knowledge to thousands of farmers to better capture yield potential and make farming operation more stable, successful and profitable.

Huynh Van Thang, farmer in Dong Thap Province

Vietnam’s corn imports have been soaring to meet growing feed demands. In 2014, Vietnam imported 4.79 million tons of corn, up sharply by more … Full Article »

Concerned about pesticide residue? Featured Article

By Kimberly Hodge-Bell
Senior Toxicologist

The food supply in the United States is one of the safest in the world, thanks to an established system that includes clean water, refrigeration, national standards and oversight.

Yet some groups are testing for trace residues in our food and trying to raise concerns. I’ve dedicated most of my 12-year career to product safety. As part of our ongoing conversation with consumers, I’d like to share some key facts and put these concerns into perspective.

According to physicians and other food safety experts, the mere presence of a chemical itself is not a human health Full Article »

Glyphosate Isn’t a Beverage; Patrick Moore Isn’t a Monsanto Lobbyist Featured Article

This morning, Time.com ran a story where Dr. Patrick Moore stated that one could safely drink glyphosate and later, when confronted with a glass of glyphosate, refused to drink it. We want to address this story and its incorrect details.

As consumers ourselves, the safety of our products is paramount to everyone who works at Monsanto.  We know that all labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever put together on an agricultural product.  However, herbicides are not beverages and should not be ingested – just … Full Article »