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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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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 »

A Semester of Productivity

By Aaron M.., Summer Intern and Student Ambassador

Thanks to Monsanto, I obtained my first real-world engineering experience this year.  Although it may sound like a simple achievement, it was a milestone for the rest of my professional career, as it is my life-long goal to become an electrical engineer. I still remember driving up to Muscatine, Iowa, more than a thousand miles away from my home in Texas, perhaps a little afraid of the uncertainty of what was to come and completely oblivious to the great experience that was in store.
I serendipitously came to the company through … Full Article »

Students to Share Their Internships/Co-op Experience

Students are busier than ever at Monsanto! We welcomed over 250 students in the U.S. to the company this year.  Hired as interns and co-ops, they will spend three to six months as full-time team members before they return to campus to continue pursuing their undergraduate or graduate degrees.  Their fields of study are just as diverse as the many business functions in which they work, but you’ll find a common thread with each cohort: each student wants to make a difference. They care about conserving the planet’s natural resources and are committed to improving lives around the world.

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Monsanto IT Helps Honor Flight Veterans Go Digital

“It makes me smile,” says Beth Martin, Monsanto Development Manager. “Using my skills to give back to those who sacrificed so much for us – that’s an incredible feeling.”

Monsanto Employees volunteering with Honor Flight

Martin, along with a small group of Monsanto IT volunteers, have been partnering with Greater St. Louis Honor Flight (GSLHF) using monthly evening work sessions to develop an administration application.  Through additional data entry parties, the group has helped Honor Flight fully transition to the new system. The admin app enables Honor Flight personnel to easily view and sort all veteran’s applications by a variety of … Full Article »

Transparency is Essential in Science Outreach and Advocacy Featured Article


Eric Sachs, Ph.D., 
Science and Policy Engagement Lead, Monsanto Company
@EricSachsPhD

Public and private sectors, together, have a role to play in communicating about science and technology to society.

Science is all around us.  It helps us tackle problems, examine risks and benefits, and identify new and better ways to do things.  Science also can enlighten us, bewilder us, and even scare us.

Communicating science is critically important but can be challenging.  Scientists can disagree and when presented with opposing viewpoints, the public can be confused or misled. Understanding complex scientific matters, such as whether GMOs have a place in … Full Article »