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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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Bringing a Business Perspective to the Agriculture World

By Richard M., Commercial Finance Intern & Student Ambassador

This summer, I had the opportunity to work for Monsanto as a Commercial Finance Intern, and it has definitely been my favorite job experience!  Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, I knew that Monsanto was a global agriculture company, but I didn’t know much more about it than that.  My love for agriculture truly began when I was young; I had the opportunity to drive around my uncle’s farm and saw some of the corn that he grew.  This experience led me to think about how interesting life as a farmer … Full Article »

My Monsanto Experience

By Audrey Ball

Nine months ago, I was serving as president of Net Impact at Washington University in St. Louis, a student organization dedicated to empowering leaders in business and sustainability, and had the opportunity to visit Monsanto. Fourteen of my Net Impact colleagues and I toured the Monsanto technology headquarters at Chesterfield and attended a presentation given by Gabriela Burian, the sustainable ag ecosystems lead, explaining Monsanto’s involvement in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative. It was November, an important month for the sustainability world, as stakeholders prepared to come together … Full Article »

Large Scale to Small Scale

By Emily T., Production Research Intern and Student Ambassador

I will be a senior in Agronomy at Iowa State University this fall. Originally, I came to Iowa State as an Animal Science major, but then switched to Agronomy at the beginning of my sophomore year. By that time, I had acquired a passion for crop production and realized that I wanted to learn more about agronomy. It is exciting to be a part of producing the grain that farmers will grow in the future to feed the world! Now, as I embark upon my final year, I know that it … Full Article »

A Summer At 6,000 Feet

By Russell J., Mechanical Project Engineer Intern

Growing up in Iowa, surrounded by cornfields, I never imagined that I would be working in agriculture in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, at 6,000 feet above sea level! However, that is exactly what I found myself doing as I packed up my car and headed across the country to Soda Springs, Idaho.

 

 

 

 

The importance of agriculture for today’s society is unmistakable. As the population grows, we find ourselves in need of producing more crops using the same amount of land. A commitment to sustainability and an effort to … Full Article »

Learning the Ways in Which Farming is Unique in each State

By Ashley S., Row Crops Sales Intern and Student Ambassador

North Dakota is the land of the Red River Valley, where fields are filled with corn, soybeans, wheat, sugarbeets and sunflowers! It’s where I am working for Monsanto as a U.S. Row Crop Sales Intern with ASGROW® and DEKALB® Brands this summer. Originally from Iowa, I am studying Agronomy and Animal Science at Iowa State University. I grew up on a family farm where I was surrounded by agriculture; it was there that I first found a love for the industry.

This is my second internship with the U.S. Row … Full Article »

What is a Plant?

By Qi Wang
Monsanto R&D IT Strategy Lead
Senior Science Fellow

Imagine a manufacturing plant entirely self-managed by software – billions of lines of code – and the plant is completely sustainable.

Self-managing because the plant could develop its own architectural blueprint, set its own foundation in the ground, raise its own buildings with hundreds of units.  Sustaining because it could switch tens of thousands of manufacturing processes on and off based on supplies and environmental conditions, and when the products are finally made, it would shut itself off.  Oh, by the way, every part of the facility is bio-degradable … Full Article »

Making My Performance Count

By Colton H, Engineering Intern and Student Ambassador
Agriculture has always been a passion of mine. Growing up on a row crop and cattle operation in northern Missouri really ingrained in me the importance of the industry, which ultimately led to my life-long goal of having a career combining engineering and ag. So, when Monsanto offered me a position within Global Engineering as a Seed Process Engineering Co-op, I quickly realized the significance of the opportunity. This co-op experience has not only allowed me to take a big step forward in my personal and professional development, but it has … Full Article »

Student Experience Includes Upgrading Planters

By Elena L., Spring Intern and Student Ambassador

When I switched my major to technical systems management in the fall of 2015, I never imagined that I would be working for a company in that field in the very near future.  After receiving an offer from Monsanto for a six-month production engineering co-op for the spring of 2016, I thought to myself, “Agriculture?  I know nothing about agriculture.  How am I going to survive?”  Yet, as December approached, I found myself finalizing plans for my move to St. Louis to work with the company that has earned a place in … Full Article »

The Glamour of Agriculture

By Rahul. S., Summer Intern and Student Ambassador

In the past, when I thought of agriculture, I imagined a man wearing long overalls, planting seed in a field, a toothpick in his teeth and a cow somewhere in the background. I am a computer engineer and never in a million years would have thought that I’d work for an agriculture company. I did not know how I was going to face my friends who were interning at Google.

But now I know that agriculture is so much more than that. Agriculture is an extremely sophisticated and complex discipline that … Full Article »

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 »