About “Beyond the Rows”

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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Strong Partnerships Vital to Driving Sustainablity Breakthroughs Featured Article

By Kerry Preete
Executive Vice President, Global Strategy

On Nov. 6, I attended the World Water Summit in London, an event hosted by The Economist for the purpose of bringing together representatives from the private sector, NGOs and governments to discuss challenges related to global water use.

I was proud to share with the attendees some of the work we’re doing at Monsanto to help farmers produce enough food to nourish a growing planet while also freezing the footprint of agriculture.

But at the same time, I left London fully aware that there is so much left to do in confronting … Full Article »

CTIC’s 2013 Conservation in Action Tour: Community 4 Conservation Featured Article

By Melinda
Online Team

Conserve More.

This is certainly one component of Monsanto’s commitment to sustainability.  In 2008, we pledged to double crop yields and to do so by using one-third fewer resources, such as land, water and energy per unit produced. We’ve started working towards that goal by supporting initiatives that lessen habitat loss and improve water quality, so it’s no surprise that we would support the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and its annual Conservation in Action Tour.

This week, I attended the tour in Livingston County, Ill. to gain knowledge about innovative conservation practices and see the … Full Article »

What Monsanto Employees Stand For Featured Article

Fighting hunger in rural America, because 15 percent of rural households go to bed hungry.

Working to grow more food with less water.

Reaching out to help victims of a massive storm.

Sacrificing to protect their country.

Growing jobs and communities.

Helping grow rural education.

Assuring the safety of the products we sell.

Supporting community organizations.

Partnerships to achieve important goals.

Honoring agricultural innovators.

Helping tell the story of agriculture.

Recognizing what farmers do for America.

Striving for technological innovation.

Supporting science education.

Recycling to reduce wastes and use … Full Article »

Conserving More: Habitats Protected or Restored Part 3 Featured Article

Monsanto strives to be a leader in respecting the land and conserving our planet’s natural resources for many years. Our efforts to maintain sustainable, bio-diverse ecosystems at various company sites continue to improve around the globe. 

Increasing the Population of Moose in the Rocky Mountains 

Wild rose, sandbar willow and red osier dogwood are rich and nutritious food sources for the Shiras moose, which lives in the Rocky Mountains. Every year, Monsanto employees and family members volunteer their time to re-establish stands of these trees and shrubs in places where land and snow slides, flooding, fire or other developments … Full Article »

Conserving More: Habitats Protected or Restored Part 2 Featured Article

Monsanto strives to be a leader in respecting the land and conserving our planet’s natural resources for many years. Our efforts to maintain sustainable, bio-diverse ecosystems at various company sites continue to improve around the globe. 

Corporate Lands for Learning (CLL)  

This program fosters a clear understanding of the interdependence of ecology, economics, and social structures in both urban and rural areas. CLL certification provides corporate sites with third-party recognition for their educational efforts. 

As of 2011, Monsanto has six sites awarded with a (CLL ) certificate. Below is an example of the impressive work in habitat preservation work … Full Article »

Agriculture in the News Featured Article

It’s rare these days when agriculture isn’t in the news – underscoring the importance of what happens in this most fundamental of global businesses. 

Here are a few of the stories that caught our attention in the past week, including a couple of our own. 

Biotech Cotton – Kenya 

According to The East African in Nairobi, Kenyan farmers will be able to grow biotech cotton by 2014, subject to approval by the Kenyan National Biosafety Authority. The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) has been carrying our confined field trials using Bollgard II cotton. 

Root Comparison Study – Drought-Tolerant Full Article »

Conserving More Featured Article

While making the necessary progress in yield growth is essential to provide nourishment for a growing planet, Monsanto recognizes the need to achieve these gains while using fewer key resources in the process. 

Consider these facts: 

• Agricultural production occupies more than half of the habitable landscapes globally. According to a recent study by McKinsey & Company, even with crop yields growing at one percent annually, cropland area is set to expand by 175–220 million hectares to keep pace with food demand. This expansion is equivalent to an area the size of London, England, transformed to new cropland each … Full Article »

Crops, Farms and Energy Efficiency Featured Article

Energy, especially in the form of fuel, is an essential input for all farmers, and it has become an issue for everyone involved in agriculture, as volatile fluctuations in oil prices continue and global concerns over fossil fuel emissions intensify. 

New crop technologies and farming systems by Monsanto and others have helped growers achieve dramatic increases in the energy efficiency of farming and in the production of
renewable fuels from U.S. crops such as corn and soybeans. 

The higher energy efficiencies enabled by Monsanto products and systems have come from advances in three areas: breeding, biotechnology, and agronomics/chemistry. These higher … Full Article »

Conservation Practices in Hawaii Featured Article

Monsanto has technology and manufacturing operations on three islands in the state of Hawaii. Monsanto’s seed passes through Hawaii multiple times in its breeding, biotechnology trait development, trait integration, pre-foundation and foundation seed production units during development to take advantage of the favorable climate to grow multiple generations of corn and soybeans each year. 

At all locations, environmental stewardship is a key component of Monsanto’s freedom to operate. Water and land are limited and precious commodities in Hawaii, and the Monsanto Hawaii team has taken the lead to preserve them. 

On all islands and in all operations, crops are produced … Full Article »

Earth Day 2012 Featured Article

I was there at the first Earth Day – April 22, 1970. I was a freshman at LSU in Baton Rouge, and the Student Government Association, the Student Union and other organizations planned – and pulled off – a rather surprising number of events, speakers, entertainment, workshops and how-to demonstrations. 

What I remember the most was getting sunburned. I spent the entire day on LSU’s parade ground, a large grassy area in the very center of the university. At one time, it was where the ROTC cadets marched in formation. It had become the place for large student gatherings, like … Full Article »