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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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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 »

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 »

Student Ambassador Intern Program Kicks Off; Students Will Blog on Their Experience Featured Article

By Angela P., Global Talent Acquisition

Summer is in full swing at Monsanto! We are excited to have 154 summer interns majoring in a wide range of academic programs working at our World Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, and at sites across the U.S.  Our twelve-week internship program is uniquely designed to provide a quality hands-on educational experience across more than twenty business areas as we develop Monsanto’s next generation of talented leaders.

Of the 154 summer interns, eight have been selected this year as Student Ambassadors who will represent the company on their college campuses throughout the upcoming … Full Article »

Monsanto’s Plant Breeders Play Matchmaker

By Brandie Piper
Monsanto Corporate Engagement

Matchmakers have a long history of pairing together two people who complement each other in the hopes of fostering a relationship. The process is similar for plant breeders and the crops they study.

Like matchmakers, the goal of plant breeders is to bring together the two plants best-suited for each other so they can produce offspring with the best characteristics of both. The resulting offspring are called hybrids or varieties, depending on the crop. At Monsanto, our plant breeders play matchmaker every day to all types of crops such as corn, soybeans, peppers, … Full Article »

Meet Jennifer, Monsanto’s Latest Life Saver Featured Article

Each year, Monsanto provides Global Safety and Ethics Awards to recognize employees whose personal character positively impacts their communities. As part of these awards, we acknowledge a special group of employees who have saved lives in emergency situations.

Jennifer is one of these employees, who in 2014 was one of four recipients of Monsanto’s Actively Caring Life Saver Award.

Jennifer, Regional Business Director, Woonsocket, South Dakota

Q: Tell us what you did in order to earn the Actively Caring Life Saver Award?

A: I saved a colleague’s life by performing the Heimlich Maneuver.

Q: What can you tell us about 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 »