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Novozymes and Monsanto: The BioAg Alliance Featured Article

Dr. Robb Fraley of Monsanto and Dr. Thomas Vidabaek of Novozymes report on progress for the BioAg Alliance

On Monday, Novozymes and Monsanto leaders highlighted how the companies’ BioAg Alliance is working to develop innovations for agriculture to boost productivity and further support the management of natural resources on the farm. The Alliance is expected to expand the research and commercialization of a new generation of microbials to help farmers meet the world’s demands for food and feed in a sustainable way.

Microbial-based solutions are derived from various naturally-occurring microbes such as bacteria and fungi. The BioAg Alliance is researching … Full Article »

Climate change and agriculture – Europe must adapt, too Featured Article

By Carola Traverso Saibante
Corriere della Sera
June 6, 2014

Global warming is also threatening agriculture in Europe, a continent that is not immune to the problem of the safety of the food supply. The principal crops such as wheat and corn are not only yielding less in quantitative terms but are also at risk in qualitative terms. Especially in the South, where the climate is becoming warmer and drier, water resources are scarce and pests are spreading, so now is the time to adapt. Europe is the world’s largest producer of wheat, the second most widely cultivated grain in … Full Article »

“Monsanto in Sync with the Challenges of Our Century” Featured Article

At the very same time that agriculture faces one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century – producing enough food to nourish a rapidly rising global population – shifts in weather patterns are making farming riskier than ever, Brett Begemann, Monsanto’s president and chief operating officer, told a group at the Dallas Friday Club this summer.

But Monsanto is collaborating with others — farmers, non-profits, universities and others to develop a broad range of solutions to help reduce that risk, he said, while also boosting agricultural sustainability and productivity.

Texas is a good case study of the … Full Article »

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A Summer at Monsanto Featured Article

By Kassie Curran
Summer Intern

Have you ever taken an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone? I can think of many times where I have taken opportunities like this, and they’ve always ended up being significant growth experiences with lasting benefits. I remember the first time I went to a livestock judging contest when I was 7 years old – I was terrified because I wasn’t fully prepared for what I was getting into, but after 12 years of livestock judging I had countless experiences that taught me critical thinking, confidence, hard work, and a love for challenge. … Full Article »

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Mommy Bloggers, Monsanto and Me Featured Article

By Janice Person
Social Engagement Outreach

Recently, as I flew home from a college friend’s wedding, I chatted with the person next to me on the flight. She had seen the #AgNerd sticker on my iPad keyboard and had to ask about it. As I explained what an agnerd is and what I do for a living, she proclaimed that I have the most interesting job ever!

She was giddy with excitement talking about how many people must love that we are now reaching out to bloggers and helping connect them with some of the farmers we work with and some of … Full Article »

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Talking with People in New Venues and Channels Featured Article

By Natalie DiNicola
Sustainability and Partnerships

I am a mother, a cyclist, a scientist and a Monsanto employee. I care about my family and friends, my community, and the environment. I care about alleviating hunger both abroad and here at home in the United States, and this is why I am excited about what we’re doing here at Monsanto.  And I’m eager for people to know more about our collaborations and work, and to learn about ways we can do more to make a positive impact.

I believe that an open conversation is needed surrounding food and agriculture. At Monsanto, we are committed … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund support in the field for Community Growing Project program.  From left: Bernie Brandt, Mark Reimer, Harold Penner, and Trish Jordan

Collaborating with others to fight global hunger Featured Article

By Trish Jordan
Monsanto Canada

One of the things I really love about my job is the opportunity it provides to build relationships with farmers and collaborate with external stakeholders to reach common goals.

Monsanto Canada engages in many partnerships – both in our day-to-day business activities and through our corporate engagement in the community.   This week on a farm visit to rural Manitoba, I was reminded how fortunate I am to witness the benefit of partnering with others to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

Farmers and Foodgrains Bank thank Monsanto Canada and Monsanto Fund. From left: Mark

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Setting the record straight on Monsanto’s collaboration with Tekmira Featured Article

There have been recent rumors that Monsanto has partnered with the Department of Defense to work with Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation to develop a vaccine against Ebola. This rumor is exactly that: a rumor.

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide sustainable solutions for agriculture, Monsanto has been partnering with others who are experts in their fields. At Monsanto, we recognize that the best solutions come from collaboration. Tekmira is a leading developer of delivery and formulation technology within the pharmaceutical industry. Our agreement with Tekmira specifically relates to their proprietary delivery and formulation technology, and will allow us to Full Article »

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Safety is priority No. 1 for Monsanto’s seasonal workers Featured Article

By Al Henderson
Seed Site Manager, Grinnell, Iowa

Some people spend their careers in an office.  I’ve spent most of mine in a field.  For the past 30 years, I’ve managed our corn seed production site in Grinnell, Iowa.  That means every summer, I’m out in the field as our crews walk the rows to detassel corn plants.

For those not familiar with hybrid corn, detasseling is a critical step as we work to make the highest quality corn hybrids for our farmers.  It’s as simple as pulling the tassels out of the top of corn plants, and Monsanto typically … Full Article »

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Watermelons Around the World Featured Article

Whether it’s the size, shape, color, pattern design, or even the seed count, watermelons vary in physical appearance all across the globe. For example, Americans love their watermelon seedless, covered in stripes, and often in a smaller size, Aussies prefer a melon with a deep green rind and a more round shape, while Japan is famous for their cube and heart-shaped varieties.

Differences aside, the reality is that we all may have our own preferences on what we believe a watermelon should look like, but one thing remains the same from country to country, the world can’t get enough of … Full Article »