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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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9.25.14 Tomato Sensory Exp

Digging Into Vegetables from Seed to Supermarket to Saute Pan Featured Article

By Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds

“I just ate 400 tomatoes!” Eat tomatoes, we did…along with so much more. We had the pleasure to host a group of food and nutrition professionals who got “hands-on” at our Vegetable Seeds Research and Development headquarters in Woodland, California. As a food and nutrition professional myself, specifically as a registered dietitian/nutritionist now working in an agricultural company, I was so excited to share more about what we are working on everyday to make sure vegetables are not only available but also appealing to us all.

As a part of … Full Article »

9.22.14 Driving Simulator Farm Safety

Reaching More with Farm Safety Featured Article

Monsanto is a proud sponsor of NECAS’s National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 21-27. As a part of it, Monsanto employees are sharing why safety in agriculture is important. For more farm safety information, check out the Growing Safely video series on the Monsanto YouTube Channel here.

 

By Ken Mathias

I lead Monsanto’s North America Environmental Safety and Health (ES&H) team. My team started attending the annual Farm Progress Show five years ago. Each year, it provides a great platform to discuss safety.

I always meet people who have a story to tell.  I’ve met farmers … Full Article »

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Expanding the Boundaries of Collaboration Featured Article

By Hugh Grant
Chairman and CEO, Monsanto

The power of collaboration can’t be underestimated.  Nor can the importance of events that serve as catalysts for bringing together new and unlikely groups, like the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  We at Monsanto are looking forward to being part of the CGI’s annual meeting in New York Sept. 21-Sept. 24, and to exploring opportunities to further our efforts with others to address some of society’s greatest challenges. CGI has a unique operational model for a nonprofit.

Instead of pursuing projects on its own, it facilitates action by helping members connect, collaborate, and make … Full Article »

Helping Protect the Monarch Butterfly Featured Article

Fall’s approaching and as summer leaves the American Midwest, so will thousands of monarch butterflies.  While the monarch population varies from year to year, experts agree fewer will make the 3,000 mile migration to Mexico this year than in the past because the number of butterflies in the U.S. has declined.

Many studying monarchs think a number of factors are contributing to lower numbers like logging in Mexico, weather at overwintering sites, land use changes and the loss of habitat.  The declining availability of milkweed plants for butterfly habitat in the U.S. is certainly a contributing factor.

The challenge is … Full Article »

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Launching the Fraley-Borlaug Scholars in Plant Science Scholarship Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Winning the World Food Prize last year was gratifying in many ways, but none more so than in the contribution it enabled my wife Laura and me to make to the future of women in agriculture.

With a match from Monsanto, we were able to use the financial award that goes with the World Food Prize to establish the Fraley-Borlaug Scholars in Plant Science Scholarship at my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The scholarship is for women studying plant breeding and biotechnology. The university announced the first winner, Laura … Full Article »

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World Water Week Featured Article

By Gabriela Burian
Global Lead, Sustainable Agriculture Environment

Together with my family, our dog and several of my colleagues, I assisted with cleaning up the Meramec River and vicinity in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., last week. One week later and more than 4,500 miles away from that river, I find myself in Stockholm, Sweden – again for water.

Most of the conversations that took place while cleaning in and around the Meramec River last week were related to workshops we are having in St. Louis. Workshops that focus on the challenge of cleaning what is already needed to survive and … Full Article »

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Novozymes and Monsanto: The BioAg Alliance Featured Article

Dr. Robb Fraley of Monsanto and Dr. Thomas Vidabaek of Novozymes report on progress for the BioAg Alliance

On Monday, Novozymes and Monsanto leaders highlighted how the companies’ BioAg Alliance is working to develop innovations for agriculture to boost productivity and further support the management of natural resources on the farm. The Alliance is expected to expand the research and commercialization of a new generation of microbials to help farmers meet the world’s demands for food and feed in a sustainable way.

Microbial-based solutions are derived from various naturally-occurring microbes such as bacteria and fungi. The BioAg Alliance is researching … Full Article »

Climate change and agriculture – Europe must adapt, too Featured Article

By Carola Traverso Saibante
Corriere della Sera
June 6, 2014

Global warming is also threatening agriculture in Europe, a continent that is not immune to the problem of the safety of the food supply. The principal crops such as wheat and corn are not only yielding less in quantitative terms but are also at risk in qualitative terms. Especially in the South, where the climate is becoming warmer and drier, water resources are scarce and pests are spreading, so now is the time to adapt. Europe is the world’s largest producer of wheat, the second most widely cultivated grain in … Full Article »

“Monsanto in Sync with the Challenges of Our Century” Featured Article

At the very same time that agriculture faces one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century – producing enough food to nourish a rapidly rising global population – shifts in weather patterns are making farming riskier than ever, Brett Begemann, Monsanto’s president and chief operating officer, told a group at the Dallas Friday Club this summer.

But Monsanto is collaborating with others — farmers, non-profits, universities and others to develop a broad range of solutions to help reduce that risk, he said, while also boosting agricultural sustainability and productivity.

Texas is a good case study of the … Full Article »

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A Summer at Monsanto Featured Article

By Kassie Curran
Summer Intern

Have you ever taken an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone? I can think of many times where I have taken opportunities like this, and they’ve always ended up being significant growth experiences with lasting benefits. I remember the first time I went to a livestock judging contest when I was 7 years old – I was terrified because I wasn’t fully prepared for what I was getting into, but after 12 years of livestock judging I had countless experiences that taught me critical thinking, confidence, hard work, and a love for challenge. … Full Article »