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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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Human Rights: From Farm to Fashion Featured Article

By Brian Lowry

Last month, I was fortunate to participate in a community event that explored human rights issues in virtually every step of cotton’s journey from seed to clothing. The event, “Human Rights: From Farm to Fashion,” was co-sponsored by Monsanto and six area universities and open to the public. More than 200 individuals, many of them college students, attended.

Puvan Selvanathan, a member of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the U.N. Human Rights Council, served as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies. The day featured presentations and discussions from more than a … Full Article »

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 »

Australia Cotton communities set to receive $150,000 in grants Featured Article

Cotton growers across New South Wales and Queensland in Australia have the opportunity to direct philanthropic investment to their local community groups, thanks to a new initiative from the Monsanto Fund in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).

The Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program will allow cotton farmers to nominate a local not-for-profit group or charity they believe deserves one of thirty $5,000 grants that are available across cotton growing regions in Queensland and New South Wales.

Alexandra Gartmann, FRRR’s chief executive, said this is a rare opportunity for farmers to direct $5,000 to … Full Article »

BT Cotton Wins Fans in West Africa Featured 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 »

Helping Planet Money Make a T-Shirt – Part 2 Featured Article

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. Yesterday, we featured cotton breeder Cindy Green. Today, scientist Brian Martinell talks about cotton and working at Monsanto.

By Brian Martinell
Agricultural Scientist

What would you like the people who buy this t-shirt to know about you?

I’m an agricultural scientist for Monsanto. I’ve spent … Full Article »

Helping Planet Money Make a T-Shirt Featured Article

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
Cotton Breeder

What would you like the people who Full Article »

Monsanto Australia Invests in New Cotton Research Facility Featured 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 »

Harvesting Cotton by the Picture Featured Article

Last Friday, Monsanto visited with a cotton farmer in southern Missouri as he prepared to begin the harvest. Photographs were taken and posted to Instagram, and we tweeted the day as it unfolded.

Like all best laid plans, an early frost delayed the beginning of harvest until later in the day, and so the farmer did what farmers generally do – used the time to do some equipment maintenance.

Here’s how the day unfolded:

#Monsanto is spending the day with a cotton farmer. See “A Day in the Life of a Farmer” on Instagram! http://instagram.com/monsantoco

Getting ready to spend … 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 »

USDA Intends to Prepare EIS on Dicamba- and 2,4D Tolerant Crops Featured Article

On Friday morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a statement of its intent to prepare two environmental impact statements (EIS) regarding the regulatory status of Dicamba-tolerant and 2,4D-tolerant crops.

Here’s Monsanto’s statement:

Monsanto to Cooperate With USDA on EIS for Next-Generation Dicamba Weed-Control Technologies, Remains Focused On Bringing New Benefits to U.S. Farmers (May 10, 2013)

Monsanto said today that it will cooperate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) as it prepares an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the company’s next-generation dicamba weed management … Full Article »