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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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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 »

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 »

The Economist’s Feeding the World 2014 Conference Featured Article

Photography by @JeffSimmons2050

Today, The Economist Magazine is hosting Feeding the World 2014 in London, “to discuss how to accelerate progress in coordinating efforts to tackle the planet’s food security crisis.” Representatives of industry, government, charitable organizations, academia and aid agencies gathered to discuss an array of issues related to food security. Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant was one of the conference participants and speakers, being interviewed on stage by The Economist’s Emma Duncan.

As most conferences are these days, the event is being livetweeted. We captured a few of the tweets by Grant and others, to provide a glimpse into … Full Article »

Getting Excited with Scientists

Last week I was among some of the leading agricultural scientists in the world and I must say I was in awe. Maybe a little bit starstruck even. The annual meeting of the tri societies (a combination of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America) was being held and more than 3,800 scientists gathered to talk about the latest breakthroughs and areas of promise for the future. Somehow a handful of communications people, including me, got in the mix.

I was there to give a presentation on … Full Article »

Attending the BSR Conference

Hugh Grant at the BSR Conference in New York City

I’m not quite sure how to describe the experience of being in the company of about 1,000 people from around the world who are recognized as leaders in sustainability and corporate social responsibility both in the business world and in the world of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Amazing, exciting and inspiring are words that just don’t seem quite enough to capture it.

But there I was, in a large room in New York City, listening to the speech Hugh Grant, the CEO of my company, was giving to this audience … Full Article »