By Martha Schlicher
International Women’s Day was established to promote progress and equality for women in all walks of life and all fields. Agriculture is one area where the contributions of women are widespread, critically important and rapidly growing. Yet, these contributions also are not as well-known or appreciated as they should be.
More than half of the world’s food is produced by women, and an estimated 1.6 billion women depend on agriculture for their families’ livelihoods. This includes an estimated 1 million female farmers in the U.S., and millions more globally – many of whom are smallholder … Full Article »
By Brian Russell
Corporate Engagement Team
Over the past 10 years, rainfall distribution has changed in Conselice, in the north of Italy. A region that typically has plenty of available water has found itself struggling during recent summers. Irrigation, which has never been a cornerstone of local agriculture, has become a necessity.
In 2012, corn yield in this area was very low due to the severe drought summer season, achieving an average of only 0.7 t/ha.
Alessandro Petitoni and his family are acutely aware of this. Petitoni and his family have managed La Speranza farm since 1990. The farm, founded … Full Article »
For several years, Monsanto has been a member of Field to Market, an alliance of a diverse group of organizations across the agricultural supply chain. Organized and facilitated by the Keystone Center, the alliance is focused on creating opportunities for sustainable agriculture.
Some of the focus areas include meeting the needs of the present while enhancing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; making agriculture more productive to meet future food demands; improving agriculture’s impact on the environment; improving human health; and enhancing the economic and social well-being of agricultural communities.
This past week, Field … Full Article »
Over the next four decades, food production will need to increase, enabling us to combat hunger, malnutrition and meet the needs of changing diets and a growing population. Our people remain committed to investing in agricultural systems that can sustainably support the demands of our growing planet—on the farm or at home.
America’s farmers are among the most productive and efficient in the world. They grow a food supply that is abundant and safe, and, for most American consumers, affordable. However, food insecurity is still a reality for many people in this country.
Rural America is no exception. Nearly 15 … Full Article »
By Caroline Emde
Monsanto Europe Public Affairs
Technology isn’t the limiting factor in feeding a growing population, participants at The Economist’s Feeding the World conference said in London Thursday.
Technological solutions to dramatically increase farm productivity already exist, with even more under development, and range from more widespread use of high-yield hybrid seeds, to irrigation and use of fertilizers, among others. Instead, speakers pointed to different challenges in feeding the world: insufficient rural development, education and organization to effectively support millions of smallholder farmers; insufficient focus on nutrition; and political and trade barriers.
The conference brought together stakeholders ranging from … Full Article »
Eighteen Million Farmers in 27 Countries Chose Biotech Crops in 2013, Global Plantings Increase by 5 Million Hectares
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) today released a report showing that more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries planted biotech crops in 2013, reflecting a five million, or three percent, increase in global biotech crop hectarage. 2013 also marks the first-ever commercial plantings of drought-tolerant biotech maize in the United States.
Global biotech crop hectarage has increased from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to over 175 million hectares in 2013. During this 18 year period, more … Full Article »
This weekend, young farmers and ranchers from around the country met in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I don’t fit the age qualifications nor am I a farmer or rancher. I get to come because we support some of the group’s leadership development programs. And it gives me an incredible opportunity to see & hear about what young farmers & ranchers are facing.
One of those young farmers who’s from the city originally — Lauren Arbogast from a few hours west in this beautiful state — wrote a blog post that touched on some of the subjects discussed yesterday.
City girl –
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By Jesus Madrazo
Vice President, Corporate Engagement
(This article is based on a speech given at the Agribusiness Council of Indiana on Jan. 28.)
I am here today to talk about topics we all care deeply about: agriculture, innovation and the future. When you think about 2020, it sounds far off in the distant future, but it’s just six short years away.
What I think is exciting is that the future for agriculture is incredibly bright and increasingly interconnected.
Our planet is becoming more populous – by 2050, we’ll have more than 9 billion people. We face challenges of climate … Full Article »
By David Friedberg
CEO, The Climate Corporation
As it always has, and always will, technology is changing our world.
Wireless Internet access is becoming ubiquitous.
Connected sensors are increasingly utilized in many of the tools we use.
Wireless data transmission is getting cheaper.
Data is becoming infinitely cheap to store.
It is getting easier to represent the real world with “data” – digital bits of information that represent a condition or fact about a real world system.
As it becomes infinitely cheap to create, transmit, and store, data can be used to understand the world around us.
And with better … Full Article »
For many people, snacking on chips, guacamole, and popcorn with family and friends is as much a part of the Super Bowl experience as the game itself. Consumption estimates from last year’s big game prove just that: 11 million pounds of potato chips, 80 million avocados, and nearly 4 million pounds of popcorn were downed at watch parties in 2013. Thank you, America’s farmers!
Another big part of the Super Bowl experience is, of course, the commercials (and football). And this year Monsanto will again have a stake in the game.
“Monsanto will be advocating for America’s farm families on … Full Article »