By Brian Russell
Monsanto Italy has engaged a prominent university and a leading irrigation company in a project designed to improve lives for Italian corn farmers.
Dubbed AquaTEK, the project brings Monsanto’s expertise in hybrid seed technology together with the irrigation expertise of the company Netafim Italia and the scientific prowess of the University of Milano to study the best combination of seed types, soil information and irrigation for Italian farmers. The partnership began in 2013 after three years of internal-Monsanto study that gave the company the ability to recommend to farmers the best types of DEKALB … Full Article »
The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is still a week away, but our colleagues over at Monsanto.com have put together a story in infographic form about some of the common foods we eat to celebrate the day. The cranberry illustration above is one example. Simply cursor over the foods on the table, and learn something about what we eat on Thanksgiving – what starts on farms all over the United States.… Full Article »
Monsanto this month held inaugural events to mark the expansion of its seed processing plants in Hungary, Romania, and Turkey. More than 1,000 Monsanto employees, local and national government officials, contractors, suppliers, growers, farmers and journalists attended the inauguration events.
The events also highlighted a significant improvement in the environmental profile of our seed production plants with the introduction of corn cob burners that will cut our production-related energy bills and carbon emissions in half.
The events kicked off in Sinesti, Romania on Monday, Nov. 4. The $32 million investment will produce an additional 1.6 million corn seed bags with … Full Article »
Almost 30 years, I was asked to help on a project that mystified me. A Monsanto executive, Will Carpenter, who was leading what was then the company’s agricultural division, was speaking in Washington on chemical disarmament, and needed help organizing the material.
I knew next to nothing about chemical weapons or chemical disarmament. Will was way down in the weeds of the subject – I didn’t know anyone could know so much about it. He had been wrestling with the question of how nations could verify that weapons were not being produced, and he was considering an idea – that … Full Article »
Farming is hard work. It always has been. No one understands that more than those giving their all, sunrise to sunset, cultivating the land. These days, farmers face a vast new set of challenges when it comes to meeting the demands of our world. Driven by new technologies and scientific advancements, farmers are meeting today’s demand, but are looking to the next generation for new ideas, enthusiasm and energy.
Every year, about 25,000 agricultural jobs go unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. The agriculture industry needs talented, driven and passionate young people willing to make a commitment to … Full Article »
by Mark Edge
I recently joined a large gathering at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) in Nairobi, Kenya, to celebrate their tenth anniversary and achievements in managing 10 projects involving 10 countries in Africa. AATF accesses, develops, adapts and delivers appropriate agricultural technologies for sustainable use by smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, through innovative partnerships.
As a Monsanto employee, I was there to share our appreciation and support for the work AATF does to manage the public private partnership we refer to as the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project. AATF manages WEMA and the partnership … Full Article »
Last Friday, Monsanto visited with a cotton farmer in southern Missouri as he prepared to begin the harvest. Photographs were taken and posted to Instagram, and we tweeted the day as it unfolded.
Like all best laid plans, an early frost delayed the beginning of harvest until later in the day, and so the farmer did what farmers generally do – used the time to do some equipment maintenance.
Here’s how the day unfolded:
#Monsanto is spending the day with a cotton farmer. See “A Day in the Life of a Farmer” on Instagram! http://instagram.com/monsantoco
Getting ready to spend … Full Article »
By Gabriela Burian
If you have kids like me, you’re probably concerned about their future in a world facing so many challenges: Social tensions rising, double the global food production needed in the next 30 years, 54 percent more usable freshwater needed by 2050, a billion people today who don’t have access to clean water, and climate change on top of that – to mention only some of our major issues.
To alleviate those concerns, what we need, as parents, is to know what solutions are being developed to ensure that our children can have the same opportunities … Full Article »
By Mark Edge
In Africa, food is scarce and smallholder farmers, most of them women with very limited resources, struggle each year to harvest crops to feed their families. Africa is prone to drought, so year after year these farmers don’t know if their crops will survive or if their families will have enough to eat.
The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), a nonprofit that partners with public and private organizations to put advanced resources and tools into the hands of farmers in Africa, reached out to us six years ago on a new initiative. Called Water Efficient … Full Article »
I still pinch myself sometimes when I hear “mommy” from one of my children.
After long years of praying through yet another fertility medical procedure, my husband Sean and I nearly gave up on the dream of becoming parents. We’d discussed adoption, but I think I clung to a tiny piece of hope that we still would have a biological child, as millions of people do every year.
When we chose to move forward with adoption, we were overwhelmed with questions: Where do we start? How do we know which agencies are reputable? Should we request … Full Article »