About “Beyond the Rows”

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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A Great Treatment Featured Article

By Kara Horner, Student Ambassador and Summer Intern

Summer is an exciting time in the Global Engineering group – projects are kicked-off, contractors arrive on site, and work begins to complete all construction by harvest. After only a week of orientation, training, and adjusting to office life in St. Louis, MO, I traded my business casual attire for a hard hat, steel toe boots, and high visibility t-shirts.

I was eager to return to the field and visit several of our corn and soybean production facilities to see the many projects being implemented this year. Already this summer I … Full Article »

EPA Releases New Glyphosate Safety Report, Reaffirms Glyphosate is Not an Endocrine Disruptor Featured Article

By Steve Levine, Ph.D., Senior Science Fellow
Ecotoxicology and Environmental Risk Assessment, Lead

Just last week, a comprehensive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) screening program confirmed that glyphosate, a primary ingredient in Roundup brand herbicides, is not an endocrine disruptor. As a long-time Monsanto scientist who has spent my career studying the health and safety of pesticides, including glyphosate, I was happy to see that the safety profile of one of our products was upheld by an independent regulatory agency.

I know that farmers, gardeners and other users rely on this herbicide because of both its effectiveness and its extremely … Full Article »

Correcting “The Monsanto Years” Featured Article

Last week, Neil Young and The Promise of the Real released “The Monsanto Years” album, and this week they started their concert tour.  Many of us at Monsanto have been and are fans of Neil Young.  Unfortunately, the depiction of agriculture in his lyrics is inaccurate, and the album fails to reflect our strong beliefs in what we do every day to help make agriculture more sustainable.

The challenge is there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about who we are and what we do – and unfortunately several of those myths are captured in the lyrics of … Full Article »

Value Outside the Bag Featured Article

By Joshua E., Student Ambassador and Summer Intern

Imagine finishing up with semester finals, packing up enough clothes and necessities for three months, and moving half way across the country in just a week.  That is exactly what I, an Iowa farm boy, did during the middle of May.  Moving to Washington, D.C. to intern with Monsanto Government Affairs was quite the change of pace for me, but it is a pace I have learned to love.

As a child, my dad always taught me the importance of policy and government affairs.  Shortly after he graduated college, he decided to … Full Article »

Our Perspective on the Maui County Initiative Featured Article

Earlier today, a federal court declared the Maui County initiative seeking to ban GMO crops is contrary to federal and state laws, and therefore is invalid.

The Maui County Farming Ban was placed on the November ballot by the SHAKA (Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for the Keiki and the ‘Aina) movement and was passed by an extremely close margin.

As longtime residents of Maui County, we are pleased with the court’s decision. For us, it’s important that farmers and gardeners on Maui and Molokai will continue to have the freedom to plant the seeds of their choice, whether those seeds are … Full Article »

Monsanto in the (Fake) News Featured Article

By Charla Lord

Wanna good laugh?  Who doesn’t, really? Wandering the cubes of Monsanto, you may find one or two employees sharing the meme of the day or the latest viral video. Finding something funny online is easy.  But when a joke is written as if it’s a news story, it can be hard to know when to laugh.

You’ve read their headlines, clicked on the articles and maybe even sent them on to friends. Stories from online fake news outlets are designed to give us something so entertaining or outrageous that tweets fly about it and we will all flood … Full Article »

Intern in the South Featured Article

By Guy V., Student Ambassador & Summer Intern

A suitcase, a pair of boots, a hat and a plane ticket are all I have needed for my task way down south in Lubbock, Texas. This is my home for the next twelve weeks, and I aspire to build  strong relationships with the local farmers. I was told as soon as I got here that if I say, “ya’ll” and remember to say, “yes sir” and “yes ma’am”, I would do just fine and fit right in. Adding in just a touch of a southern accent doesn’t hurt too!

I am … Full Article »

Panorama is Right about GMOs: There Shouldn’t Be “Sides” When It Comes to Helping Farmers Featured Article

By Mark Buckingham
Monsanto Europe

On June 8, the BBC program, Panorama, aired a show on GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, titled, “GM Food: Cultivating Fear.” The 30-minute program took an in-depth look at the various points of view on GMOs. The show was balanced, providing commentary on both sides of the topic from farmers, scientists and non-governmental organizations.

We applaud the efforts of Panorama to provide both points of view. As a Monsanto employee, I’m excited for the new way our company is approaching how we communicate: we are committed to being a part of the … Full Article »

The Success of St. Louis Is an Important Part of Our Success Featured Article

By Melissa Harper,
Vice President Global Talent Acquisition and Chief Diversity Officer

At Monsanto, we see the success of St. Louis as an important part of our company’s success.

Today Monsanto is a truly global business, with more than 400 facilities in nearly 60 countries on six continents. But our roots are right here in St. Louis. And for more than 5,400 of us, St. Louis isn’t just our headquarters – it’s our chosen hometown. Either we were born and raised here, or we came here from somewhere else – and now we can’t imagine living anywhere else.… Full Article »

An Office With a View Featured Article

By Andy F., Student Ambassador & Summer Intern

Out scouting corn in Lincoln, DE

The life of an intern is full of surprises at every turn. We are taught from our first days at orientation that to succeed at Monsanto we need to have agility – to be able to adapt quickly to what is laid before us. I learned the importance of this last year during my first internship with the company and was excited to get back to the fast paced life of a summer intern.

As a Missouri native, my first few weeks here in Pennsylvania have … Full Article »