By Audrey Ball
When Monsanto signed on to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative, it committed to collaboratively finding solutions to cross-continental challenges that take on different forms in every geography.
Building resilience and mitigating climate change in different regions requires global partners and tactics tailored to local landscapes. Monsanto India strives to understand and serve the unique needs of its farmer customers and has become a global leader for Monsanto’s climate-smart agriculture efforts.
Agriculture uses 85-90 percent of freshwater in India, a fact that Rakesh Dubey, policy and stakeholder engagement lead for … Full Article »
by Miriam Paris, U.S. Soybean Marketing Manager
At Monsanto, we focus on bringing farmers a broad range of solutions to help them sustainably grow their crops. Increasingly, our aim is to develop solutions that are integrated and complementary. We are working in the areas of plant breeding, biotechnology, data science and chemistry to bring farmers products and services that work together as a system to help farmers achieve their best possible harvest.
Earlier this year, we introduced part of a new system for soybeans called Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, after a similar launch for cotton in 2015 that was successful. … Full Article »
By Russell J., Mechanical Project Engineer Intern
Growing up in Iowa, surrounded by cornfields, I never imagined that I would be working in agriculture in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, at 6,000 feet above sea level! However, that is exactly what I found myself doing as I packed up my car and headed across the country to Soda Springs, Idaho.
The importance of agriculture for today’s society is unmistakable. As the population grows, we find ourselves in need of producing more crops using the same amount of land. A commitment to sustainability and an effort to … Full Article »
By Audrey Ball
Monsanto shares the goal of advancing sustainability in business and has joined with other corporations, academics, and policymakers in the commitment to build on progress made at the 21st annual United Nations Climate Conference in Paris this past December. Two Monsanto leaders – Gabriela Burian, sustainable agriculture global lead, and Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, global lead for food, nutrition, and health partnerships – attended the Pathways to Impact Conference at Yale to join in cross-sectoral collaboration to scale up sustainability solutions.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), in partnership with the Yale Center for Business … Full Article »
Aug. 5, 2016, Update: The Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has announced that it has completed screening on 91 samples of wheat imported from the state of Washington. According to the MFDS announcement, no transgenic wheat was detected. This conclusion by the MFDS reinforces the statement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that this was a very isolated incident and there is “no evidence of GE wheat in commerce.” Of the samples screened by MFDS, 67 came from shipments imported prior to July 29 but held for screening prior to … Full Article »
By Raechel D., Cotton Production Intern and Student Ambassador
This summer, I was given the opportunity to move nearly twelve hours from home and dive into the world of cotton production in Aiken, Texas. Prior to this summer, I knew very little about cotton as a crop and even less about its production process. Growing up in central Missouri on a row crop and cattle farm, I never had the chance to see cotton grow. I knew that this would be a summer full of surprises and valuable learning experiences—and it has not disappointed.
Walking into my role as a … Full Article »
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 »
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 »
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 »
By Santiago Navarro
Monsanto Molecular Weed Control Lead
Sugar, whether naturally in food or added to it, can be found in many food products. In 2015, the global sugar and sweetener market totaled roughly $106 billion, despite the political controversy over sugar that’s lasted more than 200 years.
Sugar first sparked discourse with the British blockades on sugarcane that prompted the search for alternatives, leading Napoleon to promote the study and cultivation of sugar beets during the Napoleonic Wars in the 1800s. Currently, about 20 percent of the world’s sugar production comes from sugar beets. But now a new … Full Article »