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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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Ideas Shaping Our Lives and Our Plates Featured Article

By Robb Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

This week, the annual Aspen Ideas Festival is happening in Aspen, Colo.  The Festival  attracts a unique mix of thought leaders  for conversations on a wide range of topics, but one topic in particular has brought Monsanto to the table as a sponsor: The Future of Food: Our Planet, Our Plates.

At Monsanto, we are dedicated to helping provide the world’s farmers with the tools they need to grow food for a balanced meal today and in the future. Everyone agrees we need to produce food more sustainably: growing enough … Full Article »

Creativity Not Ideology Essential to Global Food Security

Are we truly willing to move past ideologies and embrace the best of human ingenuity and innovation?

By Dr Kristen Knight PhD, Entomologist, Monsanto Australia & New Zealand

The World Economic Forum at Davos is underway as I write [week of Jan 25., 2015].

A recent article from the Forum[1] caught my eye. It underlined the rapid technological innovation being driven by what it called our Fourth Industrial Revolution.

First: steam in the late 1700s. Then electricity in the late 1800s: followed by electronics in 1960s. We are now entering the fourth which the article says is all … Full Article »

The Data Revolution Will Help Us Bring Carbon Neutrality to the Farm Featured Article

By Robb Fraley

From communications and finance to entertainment, transportation and nearly every other industry, the data revolution has been rapidly reshaping the way we live.  And now, it has come to the farm.

Its arrival could turn out to be among the most significant of all. Because the data revolution in agriculture will do more than reshape the way we live – it will help us to grow food more sustainably.

That’s because it will help us deal with the very serious threat posed to the global environment and farmers all over the world by greenhouse gas emissions.  … Full Article »

Changing the Conversation about STEM

Melissa Harper
VP of Global Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion

Did you know that about 70 percent of the people in agriculture’s work force hold jobs based in science, technology, engineering and math?  Data analysts, botanists, entomologists, agronomists, finance professionals and system engineers make up  just a few of the industry’s growing number of STEM-related jobs, particularly as digital agriculture and data science are becoming critical to feeding the world.

But there’s a problem. Not only do STEM-related roles make up the fastest-growing segment of the agribusiness work force, they are also some of the toughest positions to fill.

Why? … 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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The Green Data Revolution’s Role in Feeding Our Growing Population Featured Article

By Mike Stern
President and Chief Operating Officer, The Climate Corporation and Vice-President, Monsanto

The 1940s ushered in the first wave of what is now called the Green Revolution, which brought significant advancements in plant breeding. This era was quickly followed by additional waves of innovation in advanced breeding and biotechnology, which helped reduce risk and increase food production. The advances seen in the Green Revolution helped us to feed more than 2 billion people who joined our population over that time.

Today, we believe that we’re on the cusp of another important wave of innovation, the Green Data Revolution, … Full Article »

The WEF PISAgro Corn Ecosystem Partnership in Indonesia Featured Article

“I feel proud to produce more corn from my farm, and earn more for my family. For the first time, I feel the seed companies like Monsanto, Cargill, and bank like BRI, – are collaborating so I can be successful. This is the first time I participated in this project and I benefited from the best agricultural practice training. I am looking forward to more secured yield and better earnings so my wife and children can live comfortably and peacefully. I also hope that I can continue to produce and earn more.” – Suyanto

Suyanto, a 43-year-old farmer from Jrambe … Full Article »

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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 »

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Monsanto Philippines Participates in Agricultural Biotech Forum Featured Article

Chat Ocampo speaks to the forum participants

Monsanto Philippines participated in a multi-sector forum on agricultural biotechnology held recently in Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines. The forum was organized by the Asian Farmers Regional Network (ASFARNET-Philippines) to inform key stakeholders about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology and to clarify issues related to biotech crops.

Chat Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines’ Corporate Engagement Lead, spoke about the challenges and concerns in explaining agricultural biotechnology to a non-technical audience. To continue to enjoy public trust and support, those who engage in biotech research “should endeavor to remain transparent and keep government officials and the … Full Article »

European Union decision limits innovation in agriculture Featured Article

Earlier today, the European Union (EU) amended the laws to allow its’ member state governments from one side to make their own decisions permitting cultivation of individual GM crops at national or regional level and at the same time let other states restrict or prohibit cultivation of individual GM crops at national or regional level for political reasons. This is despite the fact that the EU’s own regulatory experts, as well as other experts around the world, have declared them safe and GM crops have been used successfully around the globe-including in EU-for the past 20 years.

Since the European Union first … Full Article »