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Monsanto Brazil Presents Program for Rural Landowners Featured Article

Representatives from companies, financial institutions, the government and civil society discussed solutions to increase food production while reducing negative impacts on the environment at the 2014 Katoomba XIX Conference in Iguazu Falls, Brazil, on March 19-20. The event, organized by the North American NGO Forest Trends and themed “Scaling Up Sustainable Commodity Supply Chains,” was primarily focused on meat and soybean production.

Daniela Mariuzzo, Monsanto corporate social responsibility and sustainability manager in Brazil, attended as one of the roundtable delegates on the innovations in agribusiness. She presented the Golden Delta program—an initiative developed in partnership with Rabobank Brazil. Supported by … Full Article »

Monsanto Asia-Pacific Noted for Best Workplace Practices Featured Article

Monsanto Asia-Pacific won Bronze for ‘Best Workplace Practices’ at the 6th Annual Global CSR Summit & Awards 2014, held in Bali, Indonesia this month. The award recognized company’s purpose-driven, collaborative, grassroots culture; career growth & development approach & opportunities;  a well-built commitment to diversity; employee communications platforms; rewards & recognitions programs – which enable employees  to create shared value with farmers & society around improving agriculture, improves lives.

Three hundred companies were nominated for this year’s awards. Starhub Singapore won Platinum for Best Workplace Practices, and other winners included Maybank Asia Pacific for Provision of Literacy & Education, GAP for Women’s Empowerment, … Full Article »

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A Future Opportunity for Bee Health Featured Article

By Dr. Gregory Heck
Monsanto Company
For Bee Culture Magazine

Monsanto’s Dr. Greg Heck recently wrote an article for Bee Culture Magazine on a future opportunity in bee health – RNAi and what it could mean as a great addition to the toolbox of agricultural solutions.

“RNAi is used by plants, animals and fungi to read the information stored in their DNA and use it to develop actual physical characteristics, called ‘traits,’ he writes. “Our early farmer ancestors saw some of these traits as valuable and bred plants for those desirable qualities – without knowing, needless to say, that RNAi … Full Article »

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The Ballot Initiative in Jackson County, Oregon Featured Article

By Lisa Drake
Government Affairs 

Like many companies, we often advocate for policies we think are sound, and oppose those we think are not.  And that advocacy sometimes includes support for campaigns about ballot initiatives. 

For instance, we recently were part of a coalition that opposed state ballot initiatives in California and Washington State that would have imposed complex and confusing requirements for the mandatory labeling of GMO foods.  We contributed a total of about $13.5 million to support coalitions that opposed these measures, while the total spent by those who shared our concerns was about $66 million. Like us, … Full Article »

David vs. Goliath On Stage? Featured Article

By Trish Jordan
Monsanto Canada

This past weekend, I attended a play.  You know, the on-stage kind with actors telling a story?

Making an effort to head to the theatre is not my traditional entertainment outing.  I am more into entertainment that involves curling, golf or football. But this play was different.  And important.

So off I ventured to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Canada’s National Arts Centre (@CanadasNAC), with my best farmer friends in tow (on their own dime I might add).

Why? Well, I was finally going to see the play that attempts to tell the story of the … Full Article »

Dr. Robb Fraley Calls for Continued Agriculture Innovation at Borlaug Centennial Celebration Featured Article

World Food Prize laureate Robb Fraley outlines population growth and climate change challenges, highlights potential of emerging technologies to safely boost food production.

Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution, is widely credited with advancing agriculture to save 1 billion lives. While celebrating Borlaug’s legacy this week, Monsanto Chief Technology Officer and 2013 World Food Prize Laureate Robb Fraley outlined the need for continued innovation to feed a population that is expected to grow by more than 2 billion people by 2050.

Fraley addressed members of the global agriculture community today at the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Full Article »

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St. Louis, MO: A Leading Bioscience Center

By Donn Rubin
President and CEO of BioSTL

St. Louis, MO is a leading bioscience center. Donn Rubin, President and CEO of BioSTL explains why.

St. Louis is fortunate to have an extraordinary convergence of corporate, university, and entrepreneurial strengths in bioscience.  Coupled with the region’s straightforward professionalism, capital efficiency, and supportive and collaborative spirit, these assets set St. Louis apart as a leading bioscience center. 

St. Louis has long enjoyed an astonishing concentration of world-class scientists in medical and plant sciences, making it a world leader in academic and corporate bioscience research and development.  However, for many years, the … Full Article »

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Biotech Benefits For Farmers

Over the last 20 years, biotech or GM seeds have provided real and documented benefits to farmers worldwide.  For those of us who don’t farm or have the opportunity to see these benefits firsthand, we’ve captured a few here with links to online resources if you’re interested in learning more.

GM crops enable us to produce more food sustainably while using fewer resources. For example, GM crops provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions while increasing crop yields substantially.

Resource:  Top 10 Facts, ISAAA, 2013
“From 1996 to 2012, biotech crops contributed to Food … Full Article »

Academia: A Key Player in the Fight Against Corn Rootworm

By Dusty Post
Global Insect Management Lead

U.S. farmers face many risks each year when they put their seed in the ground, from adverse weather to insects.  As we’ve written about in past blog posts, corn rootworm is a devastating pest that can be challenging for farmers to manage.  It’s why Monsanto has committed millions of dollars to the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Program, to work with academics to enhance the collective understanding of the corn rootworm.

One of the past recipients of our Knowledge Program grants, Dr. Aaron Gassmann from Iowa State University, recently published a study in Proceedings … Full Article »

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Tagging Along with Jerry Hayes and the Bees

By Glynn Young
Online Communications Team

Jerry Hayes leads Monsanto’s Beeologics business. He’s known across the beekeeping industry, and there are very few beekeepers he doesn’t know. He arrived at Monsanto from the Florida Department of Agriculture to lead the newly acquired Beeologics business in 2012. And he’s helped to bring into Monsanto a needed perspective on honey bees, pollinators in general, colony collapse disorder, and what needs to be done to address bee health for sustainable agriculture and the environment.

Recently I had the opportunity to tag along and hear him talk with an outside group. Jerry spends a … Full Article »