By Ken McCauley
Farmer, White Cloud, Kansas
Planting is right around the corner on our farm, and it got me thinking about my love of farming, and in particular, how far farming has progressed. I’ve been planting corn and soybeans for 50 years. I planted my first crop in 1964 with my brother on my mother’s farm. I don’t remember seed being as much of a big deal then as it is now, because most seed produced about the same yield. Earning a living on the farm at that age was a real life lesson. Dad wanted us to learn … Full Article »
By Donn Rubin
President and CEO of BioSTL
St. Louis, MO is a leading bioscience center. Donn Rubin, President and CEO of BioSTL explains why.
St. Louis is fortunate to have an extraordinary convergence of corporate, university, and entrepreneurial strengths in bioscience. Coupled with the region’s straightforward professionalism, capital efficiency, and supportive and collaborative spirit, these assets set St. Louis apart as a leading bioscience center.
St. Louis has long enjoyed an astonishing concentration of world-class scientists in medical and plant sciences, making it a world leader in academic and corporate bioscience research and development. However, for many years, the … Full Article »
Over the last 20 years, biotech or GM seeds have provided real and documented benefits to farmers worldwide. For those of us who don’t farm or have the opportunity to see these benefits firsthand, we’ve captured a few here with links to online resources if you’re interested in learning more.
GM crops enable us to produce more food sustainably while using fewer resources. For example, GM crops provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions while increasing crop yields substantially.
Resource: Top 10 Facts, ISAAA, 2013
“From 1996 to 2012, biotech crops contributed to Food … Full Article »
Burkina Faso in West Africa has had a tremendous success with Bt cotton. Yields and farmers’ incomes have risen, chemical use is down, and cotton and cottonseed oil have become major exports. Burkina’s neighbors are beginning to take note.
In December, delegations from neighboring Benin and Togo visited Burkina at the invitation of the biosecurity experts network of NEPAD, the New Partnership for African Development. Participants included farmers, government officials, members of parliament, and textile industry representatives. Their mission: see first hand the impact of Bt cotton in Burkina Faso as a first step towards the eventual adoption of policies … Full Article »
Yesterday, Monsanto announced the 2014 update for the company’s research pipeline, noting that a record 29 products had advanced and five of those headed for the commercial marketplace. The advances included products across all platforms, including breeding, biotechnology, and new technology areas such as Integrated Farming Systems and agricultural biologicals.
This infographic depicts the update. More information on the products and advancements can be found at A Window into Agriculture’s Future: 2014 Research & Development Pipeline at Monsanto.com.
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It is perhaps one of the the most common articles of clothing in the world – the plain and simple t-shirt. Recently, NPR’s Planet Money aired a program on how to make a t-shirt, and two Monsanto employees helped provide background and information on the fiber that most t-shirts are made of – cotton. You can watch the Planet Money program here.
We asked both employees some questions about cotton and working at Monsanto. And here’s what Cindy Green had to say. Tomorrow we’ll feature Brian Martinell.
By Cindy Green
What would you like the people who … Full Article »
Australia’s cotton industry will remain at the cutting edge of innovation with the announcement that Monsanto Australia will invest in a new research facility in the state of Queensland.
The increased investment in the company’s research capability will ensure cotton growers continue to benefit from its highly successful insect-tolerant and herbicide-resistant cotton for years to come.
This announcement comes at a time when Australian agriculture is trying to attract the investment required to turn the promise of emerging markets in Asia into a reality for local farmers.
Queensland’s Agricultural Minister, John McVeigh, congratulated Monsanto Australia on plans to open a … Full Article »
By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer
One of my most vivid memories from growing up on a farm is sitting at the dinner table with my father on a hot July night. A storm was brewing and my father kept watching it out the window, hoping for the rain to break right on our farm, to end the drought we’d had that summer.
Unfortunately, the clouds rolled by and broke in the next county over. Our harvest was tough that summer and I’ve never forgotten the strain it caused.
Farmers have always had to deal with weather variability, … Full Article »
The answer is simple: the vast majority of the vegetable seeds that we develop and sell to farmers are not biotech/GMO.
Some might think that the $181 Million we spend annually in research and development for our vegetable seeds would no doubt go to developing GMO seeds, but actually well over 98% of that investment is focused on breeding for seeds that improve the quality and productivity of vegetables. That means great seeds for the farmers who grow great tasting, nutritious and affordable produce for you and me.
What do we do with that 2% or less that … Full Article »
By Nancy Vosnidou
“M-o-o-o-o-m! LOOK!” My 9-year-old was horrified, gasping as she pointed a shaky finger at the ear of corn in my hands. We were harvesting sweet corn (if picking ears off of 24 plants can be called harvesting), the result of our garden experiment this year.
I had spaced the plants too far apart for a good canopy to be effective, and had been a little too generous with the fertilizer, so weeds had taken over despite my efforts to pull them weekly (usually right after morning swim lessons and just before the 4-year-old’s nap. Typical … Full Article »