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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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2014 Election

2014 Election Results and Impact Featured Article

On November 4th, voters across the United States cast their ballots for the mid-term elections for federal, state and local candidate’s races.

In Maui County, Hawaii, voters passed an initiative that proposed a moratorium on the development, farming and cultivation of genetically engineered crops in their county. Like many others, we’re concerned about the potential consequences of this ban for the County and for farming in Hawaii. If enacted, it will hurt the local economy, as well as local farmers and home gardeners. We believe that people should be free to plant the seeds of their own choice whether those … Full Article »

A Proactive Approach Made the Difference in Corn Rootworm Control This Season Featured Article

By John Chambers, Global Corn Technology Lead

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to drive through such states as Iowa and Illinois and admire some tremendous corn fields. Now, as we head into a record setting harvest season, I can’t help but feel proud of how farmers and the agriculture industry overall managed to minimize corn rootworm damage this season, to help maximize this crop’s growth potential.

Over the past several years, farmers, academics, seed companies, and retailers have worked together to identify Best Management Practices (BMPs) to help manage corn rootworm, one of the most devastating pestsFull Article »

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A Look at FNCE® 2014: Food, Farmers, Crop Pops and Conversation Featured Article

By Milton Stokes, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., Global Health and Nutrition Outreach Director, and Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, M.S., R.D.N., Global Lead for Food, Nutrition and Culinary Partnerships

The 2014 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE) wrapped up this week in Atlanta. We were delighted to be there among 9,400 registered dietitians/nutritionists (RD/Ns) and other food and nutrition professionals from across the country and around the world. FNCE® is to the food and nutrition world what the World Series is to baseball fans – a few fine days in October that we look forward to … Full Article »

Monsanto Named One of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces Featured Article

For the third consecutive year, Monsanto Company has been named to the list of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work®. This year, Monsanto ranked No. 8 in the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence that identifies the top 25 best multinational companies in terms of workplace culture.

Monsanto moved up four places (from No. 12 in 2013) to No. 8 on the 2014 list. Monsanto is the only St. Louis-based company and the only agriculture company recognized again this year.

To view the full list of best multinational workplaces, visit http://www.greatplacetowork.com/best-companies/worlds-best-multinationals/the-list.

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The World Food Prize – One Year Later Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Somehow, some way, a year has passed since I was awarded the World Food Prize with Mary-Dell Chilton and Marc Van Montagu.  For me, the experience in Des Moines will always stand out as a career pinnacle.  But more important, it helped reset the discussion about the use of new tools and technologies in feeding a growing planet.

That reset started with the simple, fundamental fact that the three of us were chosen for the award.  In selecting the scientists who helped pioneer biotechnology, the World Food Prize made a bold and unambiguous … Full Article »

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Touching Lives and Saving Resources with Bt Cotton Featured Article

At Monsanto, we frequently discuss the impact of our work on food and animal feed supplies. However, there’s one crop that has an equally important but different impact on our lives – cotton.

Each day, billions of people around the world wake up, roll out of bed and put on clothes that reflect a piece of who we are. Many of these lives are touched each day – literally and figuratively – by cotton, which is grown on every habitable continent. From the sheets we sleep on to that favorite pair of blue jeans we take comfort in, the lint … Full Article »

GAP® Report Rekindles the Need to Grow Food More Sustainably Featured Article

By Jesus Madrazo
Vice President, Corporate Engagement
Chairman, Global Harvest Initiative Board of Directors

We’ve long known that farmers must produce nearly double as much food, fiber and fuel to meet the needs of 9 billion people by 2050. And as they also face the increasing impacts of climate change – drought, flooding, heat, and pests – it’s critical that we help them meet these challenges while also protecting our earth for generations to come.

Today, this need is underscored by the Global Harvest Initiative’s 5th annual Global Agriculture Productivity Report® (GAP Report), an annual benchmark of agricultural productivity … Full Article »

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The Fabric of Change Featured Article

The worlds of fashion and agriculture don’t often come together. But that’s exactly what happened when Monsanto’s team in Camaçari, Brazil, set out to reduce its impact on the environment.

Unemployment in the region is a very serious concern, especially for women, who only make up a small portion of the workforce today. Months ago, the women of Camaçari’s community center began a sewing and art project to help provide new job opportunities, thanks to local organizations that provided sewing machines and lessons.

When Monsanto learned of the project, we offered the women materials that we could not use – … Full Article »

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Monsanto and Vietnam University of Agriculture Collaborate to Develop Talents in Agricultural Biotechnology Featured Article

Monsanto has announced a pledge of VND 1.5 billion scholarship for outstanding students studying agricultural biotechnology. This scholarship aims to nurture and encourage the engagement of young talents in the development of agricultural biotechnology and products thereof to support farmers.

“Biotechnology is a promising branch of science in the 21st century, offering great possibilities in improving human lives in various ways. In agriculture, biotechnology has been proved to improve lives of over 18 million farmers around the world. The Government of Vietnam is determined in bringing and developing this technology in Vietnam, and has focused on developing physical and human capacity … Full Article »