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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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Employees at the Monsanto India – Shamirpet Donate to School for Blind Featured Article

By Brian Russell
Public Affairs

Blind children, if given a chance, can play and learn right alongside their sighted peers. An open mind, a positive attitude, and a little creativity are usually all it takes to integrate blind students into regular preschool programs.

Employees at the Monsanto India – Shamirpet site took this wisdom to heart recently. Employees there staged a donation campaign titled “The Joy of Giving,” in which employees donated $689 USD to sponsor lunch for 300 students of a local school for the blind, with remaining money used to purchase Braille paper for the students.

“The voluntary … Full Article »

Monsanto Romania Donates Canola to Farms Hit by Floods Featured Article

By Brian Russell
Public Affairs

Torrential rains Sept. 11 in Romania devastated local farms, leaving fields of standing water.

“This was very bad timing,” said Mihaela Vasile, public affairs specialist in Romania. “Farmers here had just planted winter canola, and their fields in many cases were washed away, ruining their canola crop.”

More than 3,300 hectares of winter canola were destroyed in floods that left nine dead and devastated 18 towns and villages in Galati County.

“We received more than 140 liters of rain in two hours, which is more than this region normally receives in two months,” Vasile said. … Full Article »

Colorado Pickers, Monsanto DSM Donate Sweet Corn to Feed Thousands Featured Article

By Sean Battles
U.S. Row Crops

Colorado’s state motto is “Nothing without providence.” Perhaps, for good reason.

That’s because it takes many things to put a field fresh vegetable onto the plates of thousands of people across the Centennial State.  Charity, foresight, prudent management of resources, a wide network of support – and community spirit.

For the second consecutive year, DEKALB/Asgrow District Sales Manager (DSM) Bruce Postovit has rallied the troops to pick sweet corn at customer Mike Kosman’s farm in Fort Morgan.   More than 120 volunteers, including growers, dealers, neighbors and Monsanto employees, picked approximately 50,000 ears of … Full Article »

Monsanto Donates $50,000 to Alabama Schools Affected by Tornadoes Featured Article

Left to right: Terry Little, Chemistry account manager; Dion McBay, regional business director; Rod Hall, Plainview High School agriscience instructor; and Ronald Bell, Plainview High School principal.

Students in Alabama will soon be able to put their agriculture knowledge to work with new supplies, school buildings and greenhouses thanks in part to a $50,000 donation from Monsanto Company.

Last year Monsanto pledged to aid cleanup and rebuilding efforts in agricultural communities as part of the Alabama Forestry Foundation following the devastating tornadoes that swept through the state in April of 2011. The $50,000 grant will go to four schools that … Full Article »

A Wee Bit of Culture in St. Louis

This past weekend was a big weekend for the Scottish community in St. Louis as the St. Louis Scottish Games took over Forest Park.

Close your eyes and picture Forest Park full of Scots and Americans, many wearing traditional highland attire, the sound of the bagpipes floating across the park, the clang of swords, the melody of folk music, the grunts of the athletes as they toss cabers and other heavy objects, the smell of food, the laughter of children, and the cheers of onlookers. This was the experience for the thousands of people who visited the 2011 Scottish Games.… Full Article »