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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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Achieving Sustainability in Agriculture Through Collaboration, Dialogue Featured Article

By Brett Begemann, President and Chief Operating Officer

Bringing people to the table is an important part of our mission at Monsanto. Whether it’s for a family dinner or a spirited conversation, we know great things can happen when people pull up a chair and dig in.

That’s why I was so pleased to be a part of the Economist’s recent Sustainability Summit in London, where about 200 thought leaders from businesses, nonprofit organizations and global governments gathered to talk about real solutions for a sustainable future.

It’s always inspiring to talk with groups from multiple nations, industries and perspectives … Full Article »

Pausing to Review Monsanto in 2015 Featured Article

By Nick, Corporate Engagement

Working at Monsanto, every day we are presented with a new project, new opportunity or new challenge.  As we’re bogged down in the daily grind of work, we tend to forget what our colleagues from all over the world have accomplished. As the calendar turned to December and as we begin to wrap up projects and look to the important work ahead in 2016, we thought we’d take some advice from Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So, here are … Full Article »

Innovation is Key: Syngenta Combination would Give Farmers More Tools Featured Article

By Brett Begemann, President and Chief Operating Officer

There’s never been a more important or exciting time to be in agriculture, and I’m fortunate to be able to get out and talk with folks around the country about what these dynamic times have meant for their businesses and customers.

I had a chance this week to talk with growers, researchers and bank leaders who help farmers continue to invest to meet the changing demands of our growing world. I served on a panel Wednesday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s annual Agriculture Symposium, which focused on the … Full Article »

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About Business, Climate change, Actions and Agriculture Featured Article

By Gabriela Burian
Global Lead, Sustainable Agriculture Environment

“Climate change threatens irreversible and dangerous impacts, but options exist to limit its effects.”

That’s the headline on the concluding installment of the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published just this past Nov. 2. And if ever there was a good news/bad news message, I think you’d have to say that’s it.

It was to try to find the opportunities for good news that Hugh Grant, our chairman and CEO, and I went to Atlanta in the first week of November for the annual meeting of … Full Article »

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Touching Lives and Saving Resources with Bt Cotton Featured Article

At Monsanto, we frequently discuss the impact of our work on food and animal feed supplies. However, there’s one crop that has an equally important but different impact on our lives – cotton.

Each day, billions of people around the world wake up, roll out of bed and put on clothes that reflect a piece of who we are. Many of these lives are touched each day – literally and figuratively – by cotton, which is grown on every habitable continent. From the sheets we sleep on to that favorite pair of blue jeans we take comfort in, the lint … Full Article »

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A Look Back at SXSW Eco Featured Article

This week a few of my Monsanto colleagues and I attended SXSW Eco for the first time. It’s a conference that brings together a variety of people who all touch environmental topics and being in the midst of all those perspectives was a pretty amazing experience.

SXSW always hosts events with engaged participants who want to discuss important topics, and Eco is no different. We decided to attend the conference this year because, like other participants, we want to participate in the dialogue that inspires action toward addressing important challenges in our changing world.

Throughout the week, I had the … 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 »

White House Roundtable Advances Collaboration on Climate Change and Farming Featured Article

By Martha Schlicher
Global Stakeholder Engagement Lead

Environmental factors – weather, weeds and bugs – have always presented some of the most significant challenges that farmers face every single growing season. Today, climate change has emerged as one of the greatest environmental risks facing our food supply.  It will take heightened collaboration and innovation to help farmers adapt to the uncertainty that weather volatility presents, so that we can continue to count on them to give us choices for balanced meals, every meal, every day.

One of the most powerful tools we have to minimize the impact of climate change … Full Article »

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Conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival Featured Article

On Tuesday, three Monsanto executives spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival, in an effort to engage in conversation with people of diverse perspectives about agriculture, climate change, sustainability, and other issues. 

Agriculture Innovation and the Promise of Biotechnology

President and COO Brett Begemann spoke about agriculture innovation. Advancements in biotechnology are transforming agriculture.  With the global population expected to grow to nine billion people by 2050, and people seeking more and better food, we must invest in innovation now.

To date, biotechnology in agriculture has contributed to economic growth around the world. Scientists in both the public and … Full Article »