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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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Rural Road 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 Rena Warren

I am from a small community; born and raised in the panhandle of Texas. My dad was a Texas state trooper for 33 years. He retired as a special Texas Ranger. His career sparked my passion for safety at the early age of 12, when I began … Full Article »

Monsanto’s Commitment to Safety of Our Neighbors Featured Article

In addition to the safety of our employees, families, and contractors, we value the safety of our neighbors in the communities where we operate. We recognize the need to have strong process safety management systems in place and continuously improve those systems. 

A Process Safety Leadership Team and a management review system monitors process safety systems across our chemical operations. A Process Safety Technical Team made up of key technical contacts from each of our chemical manufacturing sites meets regularly to share process safety information and identify and promote good practices. Monsanto has adopted the safety metrics recommended by the … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund: Access Advanced Farming Technology Featured Article

In the U.S., every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school. 

Sixty-eight percent of 8th graders can’t read at grade level. 

American students ranked 25th in math and 21st in science, compared to 30 industrialized nations. 

Rural communities face these challenges as much as the nation’s cities, but with even fewer resources than the urban areas. And more than 150,000 farm families call rural America home. That’s why America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is giving farmers across the U.S. the opportunity to help support 14 million students in rural America. 

In 2011,the Monsanto Fund piloted this program in … Full Article »

Volunteers Are Recognized

Ten Monsanto employees and one former employee were recognized recently for caring enough about their community to spend precious time volunteering.

And the recognition came from a fairly high level.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by the Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation.

There are various types of awards; each of the Monsanto honorees received the Bronze Award. Each employee received … Full Article »

Giving Back to the Troops

Recently, I received an invitation from a military-support organization to spend the day with the troops. As a member of the Navy League in the US, and the Royal British Legion Scotland and Royal British Legion in the United Kingdom, I never pass up those opportunities.

The invitation came from Operation Homefront Missouri, an organization whose entire purpose is supporting military families and getting them the things they need and the support they find essential. It’s an organization Monsanto supports, and that is supported by many other companies and individuals in the area.

So, with limited knowledge and unclear … Full Article »

Give a little bit…

For most of us Sunday is a day of rest. For the volunteers at the Monsanto YMCA this weekend, it was anything but.

Hundreds of children poured through the doors for the annual Craig Blac’s Community Cuts for Kids event. This Sunday’s mammoth task was to cut or style the hair of over 300 children before their return to school. A 30 strong team containing a mixture of both experienced stylists and students from the Paul Mitchell hair college here in St. Louis, crammed in to the Monsanto YMCA on Page Avenue for four hours of hair cuts, hot dogs, … Full Article »

Helping Grow Community

Editor’s note: Rory Herron is one of two UK interns spending their summer at Monsanto’s global headquarters, under a program with Scotland’s Saltire Foundation. The Saltire Foundation is an independent charitable organization representing a new vision for Scotland, providing invaluable opportunities through experience, learning and business networking. Its undergraduate internship programme offers Scotland’s students the chance to spend 8 weeks working at a top multinational company with the aim of encouraging candidates to develop their confidence, skills and capacity to succeed.


By Rory Herron

I am now just over the half-way point in my 8-week Corporate Marketing & Communications … Full Article »

The Kindness of Strangers

Monsanto has a number of community and youth programs underway, like community grants and youth scholarships. They range in size from $1500 to $2500, and are designed to give back to or invest in the community and its young people. The money from the programs can be used in a number of ways – schools, community programs, local fire departments and the like.

The FFA chapter at United High School in Monmouth, Ill., was the recipient of one such $2,500 grant.

What it did with its grant, however, was something else, something that speaks to whose these young people are … Full Article »