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Monsanto’s Plant Breeders Play Matchmaker

By Brandie Piper
Monsanto Corporate Engagement

Matchmakers have a long history of pairing together two people who complement each other in the hopes of fostering a relationship. The process is similar for plant breeders and the crops they study.

Like matchmakers, the goal of plant breeders is to bring together the two plants best-suited for each other so they can produce offspring with the best characteristics of both. The resulting offspring are called hybrids or varieties, depending on the crop. At Monsanto, our plant breeders play matchmaker every day to all types of crops such as corn, soybeans, peppers, … Full Article »

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Earth Day and Corn Farming: 45 Years of Progress Featured Article

By Robert T. Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Imagine, as the world grows more hot and crowded, not having to using more land for farms but returning some of it instead to forest and grassland. Imagine the reductions in soil erosion and water consumption, the decline of greenhouse gas emissions, and a host of other benefits for our planet.

It’s possible. Corn farmers have shown how.

So as we mark Earth Day this April, I want to call attention to an aspect of corn farming that is too often lost in the story of our food systems. I want to celebrate … Full Article »

The Rookie Tractor Driver Featured Article

By Nick Weber
Monsanto Digital Team

As I eased into the padded seat of the John Deere® 3020 tractor with a four-row planter, I placed both hands on the steering wheel, more at 9 and 3 than 10 and 2, feeling nervous, excited and confident. Warren, my farmer host, hopped up on the wheel seat and quickly explained each part of the tractor.

There were four levers and a couple pedals on each side. On the right, a wide pedal wasn’t just one brake; it was for the left and right, whatever that meant. Warren pointed out the clutch on … Full Article »

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Monsanto Philippines Participates in Agricultural Biotech Forum Featured Article

Chat Ocampo speaks to the forum participants

Monsanto Philippines participated in a multi-sector forum on agricultural biotechnology held recently in Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines. The forum was organized by the Asian Farmers Regional Network (ASFARNET-Philippines) to inform key stakeholders about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology and to clarify issues related to biotech crops.

Chat Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines’ Corporate Engagement Lead, spoke about the challenges and concerns in explaining agricultural biotechnology to a non-technical audience. To continue to enjoy public trust and support, those who engage in biotech research “should endeavor to remain transparent and keep government officials and the … Full Article »

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Monsanto Indonesia Wins Sustainable Business Award Featured Article

Monsanto Indonesia Country Leadership Team receives Sustainable Business Award (SBA)

Monsanto Indonesia has won a Sustainable Business Award (SBA) in the category of Best Land Use / Biodiversity and Environment, which recognizes the company’s Sustainable Agriculture Landscape Partnership (SALP) with eNGO Conservation International.

The partnership with eNGO is aimed at developing a healthy, sustainable economy by improving agricultural production, conserving biodiversity and natural resources, and enhancing farmer livelihoods.

This award also recognizes our leadership commitment to a sustainable agriculture in Indonesia in support of the Government agenda on Food Security. Monsanto Indonesia is among 15 recipients across 16 award categories.… Full Article »

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Monsanto Philippines Seminar Underscores Benefits of Modern Agriculture Featured Article

About 60 people attended the forum sponsored by Monsanto and the US-ASEAN Business Council

Last week in Manilla, Monsanto partnered with the US-ASEAN Business Council to sponsor a forum on “Maximizing Nutrition with Modern Agriculture” at the Dusit Thani Hotel. The seminar was attended by more than 60 people from Philippine government offices, media, non-government organizations and universities.

Milton Stokes, director of Global Health and Nutrition Outreach for Monsanto, discussed innovative means of safe and sustainable food production through traditional plant breeding, biotechnology, crop protection and precision agriculture.

Milton Stokes speaking on nutrition and modern agriculture

Based on the company’s … Full Article »

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Monsanto Vietnam: Engaging Youth to Power Up Sustainable Agriculture Development Featured Article

Attendees at the presentation

Clear and serious impacts of rapid population growth and climate change are causing nations worldwide to think increasingly about sustainable agriculture. The question of how the world can produce enough food in 2050 using only currently available arable land was discussed by agricultural experts and students at a seminar this month at Ho Chi Minh City Students’ Cultural Palace, co-organized by the Ho Chi Minh City Student Assistance Centre (SAC) and Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD).

Ly Huy Lam, VBCSD

The event included 300 students and representatives from news media. Also attending were Quach … Full Article »

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Climate Change and Our Food: Global Perspective Featured Article

For most of us, climate change is hard to wrap our heads around.  We don’t see it in the daily weather report, even though the weather is more unpredictable these days.  It’s not apparent when we draw a glass of water or check items off our lists at the grocery store, even though it might be impacting availability of both fresh water and food.

Climate change is happening, though, and it’s posing new challenges that can impact our food supply and our quality of life.  Diplomats from around the world are discussing and debating potential solutions this week at the … Full Article »

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Encouraging Climate Smart Farming In Australia Featured Article

The pivotal role of innovation in improving the sustainability and competitiveness of Australian farmers was the focus of the company’s local management team at recent forums held in Melbourne.

Speaking at the annual conference of respected farm research body, the Australian Farm Institute, the company’s Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand, Daniel Kruithoff, discussed Monsanto’s investment in Climate Corp and the role of data analytics in improving farmers’ yields and sustainability.

“It is well documented that productivity growth in many parts of Australian agriculture has flatlined. Finding new ways to improve our productivity performance is only getting harder.

“Harnessing … Full Article »

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From Seed to Oven: Farm Program Teaches Students about the Life Cycle of Pizza Ingredients Featured Article

Most people in North America are more than three generations removed from the farm. Ag in the Classroom (AITC) and the Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture implemented a creative program to provide elementary students with a better understanding of where their food originates. Last year, 350 students in Yorkton, Canada, learned how to truly make a pizza from scratch through the Pizza Farm program, hosted by Monsanto.

During third grade, as part of the curriculum with AITC, students visit the farm in June to plant all of the ingredients used to make a pizza, including wheat, tomatoes, peppers, onions, … Full Article »