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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Fit for Purpose: Using the Right Method to Answer Scientific Questions

By Pam Jensen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Monsanto

Analytical methods are used to measure things with adequate accuracy and precision to make conclusions. Some methods can be simple and others more complex, but they all need to be reliable.

Analytical methods are developed with a purpose in mind. They are designed to answer a specific scientific question. Analytical methods define the type of equipment needed and the steps that must take place in order to determine the desired information. No method is perfect or universally applicable; they all have limits. Part of developing the method is identifying these limits and … Full Article »

Glyphosate Residues: What Do We Know From Existing Data? Featured Article

You might have seen recent media reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to conduct testing on glyphosate residues in certain foods. We are confident that if FDA does move forward with this testing in a scientifically rigorous way, it will reaffirm the safe use of glyphosate as a vital tool effectively used by farmers, landowners and homeowners around the world.

Glyphosate is one of the most extensively studied agricultural products on the market, and the library of glyphosate data includes residue studies. In the United States, the EPA sets what is known as a tolerance, … Full Article »

Homemade Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner with Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Corn

Celebrating Thanksgiving Day in Canada

By Brandie Piper
Monsanto Corporate Engagement

Every year on the second Monday of October most Canadians across the country celebrate Thanksgiving Day, and it’s celebrated with traditions similar to Thanksgiving Day in the United States; Canadians take the time to eat a meal with family and friends and give thanks.

Though there are small differences in how Americans and Canadians give thanks each autumn, the foods traditionally served tend to be the same. Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, roasted vegetables and pumpkin pie are staples at both holiday meals. Canadians are just as likely to host Thanksgiving dinner … Full Article »

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Crops, Innovation, & Combines – Oh My! Featured Article

By Brandie Piper
Monsanto Corporate Engagement

I started my job at Monsanto four months ago. I came here from TV news, with no background in agriculture. I’ve learned a lot over the last few months, but my knowledge bank increased exponentially when I went to the 2015 Farm Progress Show.

Held each year in the Midwest, the Farm Progress Show is where agricultural companies set up booths and showcase the latest and greatest in farm innovations and demonstrate it for more than 100,000 farmers and agriculture students. It’s kind of like the Detroit Auto Show for farming.

So, on … Full Article »

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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 »