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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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Mojokerto Indonesia OTJS Team Shares Safety Culture with Communities and Farmers Featured Article

Safety is a strong value within Monsanto’s culture. It is important that our employees are trained to practice safety on and off the job. The Monsanto Mojokerto Off-The-Job Safety (OTJS) team in Indonesia shared several examples of how they prepare their employees, families, farmer customers and the local community members for safety preparedness.

Blood Donations: The team held four blood donations from November 2013- August 2014. A total of 223 participants registered, which equated to 193 blood donor packets.

FIRST Aid Kits for Home Emergency Preparedness: To increase awareness and preparedness of employees for any emergency situation at home, the team … Full Article »

9.17.14 MON Puerto Rico Named Best Employer

Monsanto Caribe Named One of the Best Employers in Puerto Rico Featured Article

For the third year in a row, Monsanto Caribe made the list as one of the Best Employers in Puerto Rico in the medium sized-business category. The list, coordinated by AON Hewitt and published in newspaper El Nuevo Día, identifies companies that are on the cutting edge of human resources development and management.

“We are very proud to receive this distinction for the third time. We are very grateful to our employees for the commitment they show every day and the quality of their work. Our operation’s success would not be possible without the work they do. Our commitment (the Monsanto … Full Article »

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The Next Green Revolution

“Something is killing Ramadhani Juma’s cassava crop. ‘Maybe it’s too much water,’ he says, fingering clusters of withered yellow leaves on a six-foot-high plant. ‘Or too much sun.’ Juma works a small plot, barely more than an acre, near the town of Bagamoyo, on the Indian Ocean about 40 miles north of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On a rainy March morning, trailed by two of his four young sons, he’s talking with a technician from the big city, 28-year-old Deogratius Mark of the Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute. Mark tells Juma his problem is neither sun nor rain. The real cassava … Full Article »

Helping Protect the Monarch Butterfly Featured Article

Fall’s approaching and as summer leaves the American Midwest, so will thousands of monarch butterflies.  While the monarch population varies from year to year, experts agree fewer will make the 3,000 mile migration to Mexico this year than in the past because the number of butterflies in the U.S. has declined.

Many studying monarchs think a number of factors are contributing to lower numbers like logging in Mexico, weather at overwintering sites, land use changes and the loss of habitat.  The declining availability of milkweed plants for butterfly habitat in the U.S. is certainly a contributing factor.

The challenge is … Full Article »

9.10.14 Launching the Fraley-Borlaug scholars v3

Launching the Fraley-Borlaug Scholars in Plant Science Scholarship Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Winning the World Food Prize last year was gratifying in many ways, but none more so than in the contribution it enabled my wife Laura and me to make to the future of women in agriculture.

With a match from Monsanto, we were able to use the financial award that goes with the World Food Prize to establish the Fraley-Borlaug Scholars in Plant Science Scholarship at my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The scholarship is for women studying plant breeding and biotechnology. The university announced the first winner, Laura … Full Article »

Statement on Guatemala Featured Article

In 2006, the Republic of Guatemala applied for accession to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). On June 10, Guatemala’s Congress approved the new legislation (the Law of Protection of New Varieties), which was published on June 26 as Decree 19-2014 in the country’s Official Diary. This new law protects the intellectual right to breed, discover or develop a new plant variety.

Since its approval, various groups and organizations have declared their opposition and disagreement with the new legislation. They have even named it the “Monsanto Law,” implying that Monsanto has been its principal … Full Article »

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World Water Week Featured Article

By Gabriela Burian
Global Lead, Sustainable Agriculture Environment

Together with my family, our dog and several of my colleagues, I assisted with cleaning up the Meramec River and vicinity in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., last week. One week later and more than 4,500 miles away from that river, I find myself in Stockholm, Sweden – again for water.

Most of the conversations that took place while cleaning in and around the Meramec River last week were related to workshops we are having in St. Louis. Workshops that focus on the challenge of cleaning what is already needed to survive and … Full Article »

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Novozymes and Monsanto: The BioAg Alliance Featured Article

Dr. Robb Fraley of Monsanto and Dr. Thomas Vidabaek of Novozymes report on progress for the BioAg Alliance

On Monday, Novozymes and Monsanto leaders highlighted how the companies’ BioAg Alliance is working to develop innovations for agriculture to boost productivity and further support the management of natural resources on the farm. The Alliance is expected to expand the research and commercialization of a new generation of microbials to help farmers meet the world’s demands for food and feed in a sustainable way.

Microbial-based solutions are derived from various naturally-occurring microbes such as bacteria and fungi. The BioAg Alliance is researching … Full Article »

Climate change and agriculture – Europe must adapt, too Featured Article

By Carola Traverso Saibante
Corriere della Sera
June 6, 2014

Global warming is also threatening agriculture in Europe, a continent that is not immune to the problem of the safety of the food supply. The principal crops such as wheat and corn are not only yielding less in quantitative terms but are also at risk in qualitative terms. Especially in the South, where the climate is becoming warmer and drier, water resources are scarce and pests are spreading, so now is the time to adapt. Europe is the world’s largest producer of wheat, the second most widely cultivated grain in … Full Article »

“Monsanto in Sync with the Challenges of Our Century” Featured Article

At the very same time that agriculture faces one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century – producing enough food to nourish a rapidly rising global population – shifts in weather patterns are making farming riskier than ever, Brett Begemann, Monsanto’s president and chief operating officer, told a group at the Dallas Friday Club this summer.

But Monsanto is collaborating with others — farmers, non-profits, universities and others to develop a broad range of solutions to help reduce that risk, he said, while also boosting agricultural sustainability and productivity.

Texas is a good case study of the … Full Article »