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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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A Summer Full of Responsibility

Xavier G., Summer Intern and Student Ambassador

One might think of an internship as a position to gain experience. This is true, but it is also much more than that. I have been given the opportunity to take on a great deal of responsibility and make key contributions; all the while, gaining tons of invaluable experience.  In fact, in my current role as a Seeds Process Engineering Intern, I feel much more like a full time engineer.

In Global Engineering it is our responsibility to integrate the latest and greatest technology into our seed production processes in order to … Full Article »

Industry Careers = Good and Impactful Science Featured Article

Since the advent of GMO crops, agriculture across the globe has undergone immense transformation, becoming the productive system in place today. The benefits of GMO crops are clear – corn farmers in developed countries have increased their productivity and yields. Take the U.S. for example, according to the USDA*, corn yields have grown by 35% since the first introduction of GM. The benefits for farmers in developing countries are equally remarkable. Consider India, where cotton yields have increased over 90% since Bt cotton made its mark.

From left to right: David Fischhoff, Sherri Brown and Fred Perlak

The discovery and … Full Article »

Experiencing the World Through My View of My Cube

By Sarah M., Summer Intern and Student Ambassador

Does your average work day consist of IM (instant messenger) chats with Argentina, emails from India, and phone calls from Brazil? It is a possibility if you are working for a global company, or in my case, interning with the Global Financial Planning and Analysis team (FP&A) at Monsanto.  This summer I am learning all about what it means to be part of a global organization and gaining knowledge and experience in unexpected ways.

About Me

I grew up in Carmel, Indiana, which is about 15 miles north of Indianapolis.  I … Full Article »

Growing the Seeds of Opportunity

By Colin C., Student Ambassador and Summer Intern

This summer has flown by at the Corn Production Plant in Waterman, Illinois, where I have had the opportunity to learn about the different activities inside the plant and outside in the seed production fields. This is my second internship with Monsanto.

The Plant

Throughout the month of June, the warehouses here become filled with the unsold corn seed that is returned from the dealers. When the corn is unloaded off of the truck, it is sorted according to each variety and batch. After sorting, it will be rebagged and tested to … Full Article »

Innovation is Key: Syngenta Combination would Give Farmers More Tools Featured Article

By Brett Begemann, President and Chief Operating Officer

There’s never been a more important or exciting time to be in agriculture, and I’m fortunate to be able to get out and talk with folks around the country about what these dynamic times have meant for their businesses and customers.

I had a chance this week to talk with growers, researchers and bank leaders who help farmers continue to invest to meet the changing demands of our growing world. I served on a panel Wednesday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s annual Agriculture Symposium, which focused on the … Full Article »

Remington IN photo

A Great Treatment Featured Article

By Kara Horner, Student Ambassador and Summer Intern

Summer is an exciting time in the Global Engineering group – projects are kicked-off, contractors arrive on site, and work begins to complete all construction by harvest. After only a week of orientation, training, and adjusting to office life in St. Louis, MO, I traded my business casual attire for a hard hat, steel toe boots, and high visibility t-shirts.

I was eager to return to the field and visit several of our corn and soybean production facilities to see the many projects being implemented this year. Already this summer I … Full Article »

EPA Releases New Glyphosate Safety Report, Reaffirms Glyphosate is Not an Endocrine Disruptor Featured Article

By Steve Levine, Ph.D., Senior Science Fellow
Ecotoxicology and Environmental Risk Assessment, Lead

Just last week, a comprehensive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) screening program confirmed that glyphosate, a primary ingredient in Roundup brand herbicides, is not an endocrine disruptor. As a long-time Monsanto scientist who has spent my career studying the health and safety of pesticides, including glyphosate, I was happy to see that the safety profile of one of our products was upheld by an independent regulatory agency.

I know that farmers, gardeners and other users rely on this herbicide because of both its effectiveness and its extremely … Full Article »

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 »