A family gives thanks at the dinner table. A preschooler selects her favorite green crayon. A boy and his friends watch an action flick with a big bowl of popcorn. All of these are treasured moments, but did you know all of these special memories actually began with a farmer?
These are not only moments we can all relate to, but they also highlight the values shared between farmers and consumers. We took the idea of these shared moments and made it core of the next evolution of Monsanto’s “America’s Farmers” advocacy program.
The new program, called “Begins with a … Full Article »
The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is still a week away, but our colleagues over at Monsanto.com have put together a story in infographic form about some of the common foods we eat to celebrate the day. The cranberry illustration above is one example. Simply cursor over the foods on the table, and learn something about what we eat on Thanksgiving – what starts on farms all over the United States.… Full Article »
Farming is hard work. It always has been. No one understands that more than those giving their all, sunrise to sunset, cultivating the land. These days, farmers face a vast new set of challenges when it comes to meeting the demands of our world. Driven by new technologies and scientific advancements, farmers are meeting today’s demand, but are looking to the next generation for new ideas, enthusiasm and energy.
Every year, about 25,000 agricultural jobs go unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. The agriculture industry needs talented, driven and passionate young people willing to make a commitment to … Full Article »
Last Friday, Monsanto visited with a cotton farmer in southern Missouri as he prepared to begin the harvest. Photographs were taken and posted to Instagram, and we tweeted the day as it unfolded.
Like all best laid plans, an early frost delayed the beginning of harvest until later in the day, and so the farmer did what farmers generally do – used the time to do some equipment maintenance.
Here’s how the day unfolded:
#Monsanto is spending the day with a cotton farmer. See “A Day in the Life of a Farmer” on Instagram! http://instagram.com/monsantoco
Getting ready to spend … Full Article »
By Lauren S.
I believe in the future of agriculture with a faith born not of words, but of deeds.
Growing up on a hog farm, I learned the value of hard work at a young age. Some of my earliest memories include feeding hogs, riding in the combine with my grandpa, showing livestock and participating in our local 4-H club. While I discovered my love for agriculture in small-town Southern Illinois, I didn’t truly understand how much my passion could impact the industry until I joined FFA.
I’ll never forget when my dad told me I had to … Full Article »
By Sean Battles
US Commercial Team
Monsanto’s Specialty Hybrids Team recently sent farm safety packages to northern Indiana FFA chapter advisers during National Farm Safety Week. The educational effort is part of the Specialty Hybrids “Farm Safely” initiative to help farm families keep farm safety top of mind as they go about the daily work of growing crops, tending livestock and operating equipment.
“We’re committed to providing rural communities and farm families with educational materials, resources and staff to establish a safety culture on their farms,” says Marty Huseman, Specialty Hybrids farm safely manager. “A safety culture is a conscious … Full Article »
By Sean Battles
U.S. Commercial Team
Monsanto, in partnership with a top producer, co-sponsored “Safety Days” in rural Riceville, Iowa, recently. The Howard County Extension Farm event, featuring hands-on demonstrations and guest speakers who shared personal impact stories, brought farm and vehicle safety education to more than 450 local students and parents. Themed “A Family Affair,” the event organizers reminded participants that safety issues affect all generations, and that parents and children alike should take an active role.
The event also reminded the community – and perhaps the organizers, too – that the goal to expand safety awareness is a … Full Article »
Farmers will tell you that the farming business is about three things – hope, faith, and the future. We spend a lot of time thinking about the future, and the future of agriculture. And the future of agriculture, like the past and the present, is about people – young people.
Recently, we provided some support for a building managed by the South Dakota FFA. The building is the Animal Nursery & Ag Learning Center at the South Dakota State Fair. Thousands of people toured the center, and, yes, they saw our banner and those of the other sponsors, but … Full Article »
By Sean Battles
U.S. Row Crops
Colorado’s state motto is “Nothing without providence.” Perhaps, for good reason.
That’s because it takes many things to put a field fresh vegetable onto the plates of thousands of people across the Centennial State. Charity, foresight, prudent management of resources, a wide network of support – and community spirit.
For the second consecutive year, DEKALB/Asgrow District Sales Manager (DSM) Bruce Postovit has rallied the troops to pick sweet corn at customer Mike Kosman’s farm in Fort Morgan. More than 120 volunteers, including growers, dealers, neighbors and Monsanto employees, picked approximately 50,000 ears of corn … Full Article »
Last week, thousands of women from all over the US who are passionate about blogging packed suitcases, finalized child care and loaded their technology up for BlogHer ’13. The words BlogHer ’13 probably don’t mean much to many of you, but for women who blog, it is the one time of the year where women from every walk of life get together to network, support each other and learn about making their blogs better.
Thousands of bloggers attend annually, coming from the host city and countries in other hemispheres. They write about a full range of topics women are … Full Article »