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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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Supporting Education in Vietnam Featured Article

On Jan. 15, Monsanto Fund announced a pledge of VND 3.2 billion in partnership with the non-governmental organization Room to Read to improve literacy and gender equality for thousands of children in rural communities in Vietnam. Through this partnership, we will be able to improve education and literacy of more than 60,000 children of Vietnamese farmers.

Monsanto’s funding is going to two major programs, Girls’ Education and Literacy.

In Girls’ Education program, we are equipping 175 girls from low-income families in the rural community with the necessary financial support and skills to succeed in school and beyond through mentors, tutors … Full Article »

FFA Students Learn about Ag Business at Ohio Field Day Featured Article

By Sean Battles
US Commercial Team

Nearly 200 FFA members from eight area schools attended the annual FFA Training Day recently at Riker Farm Seeds, one of three Ohio DEKALB®/Asgrow® training sites.  The event featured learning stations on ag business and agronomics and was co-sponsored by Riker Farm and DEKALB/Asgrow.  This is the fifth year that Diane Zyski, District Sales Manager, has been a leader of the FFA training day.

“FFA Training Day is a great way to educate the younger generation about the many opportunities in agriculture,” Zyski said.  “Through programs like America’s Farmers Grow Communities and FFA Training Day, we … Full Article »

4H: Impact for a Lifetime Featured Article

By Martha Smith
Government Affairs

“I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.”

More than a decade has passed since I last uttered those words at a 4-H meeting, yet these words that make up the 4-H Pledge still roll right off my tongue, and my hands still know exactly where they should be positioned for each verse. As I sit here reflecting back on my 4-H career, my mind is swarmed with wonderful memories … Full Article »

Reaffirming Our Commitment to Science Education Featured Article

In keeping with its commitment to provide students with high-quality science education, enhancing the opportunities for academic success, the Monsanto Fund was the main backer behind the expansion of the MySci program in 2013.

MySci is a science education program developed through a partnership between Monsanto Fund and Washington University in St. Louis’ Institute for School Partnership as well as the Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo and Missouri Botanical Garden. Recognizing the need and importance of quality science education and hands-on learning, the program is an effort to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education into St. … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund: Dateline Canada Featured Article

Learning Where Food Comes From 

The Made in Manitoba Breakfast program is organized by Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) – Manitoba, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization that works to connect Canadian teachers and students to agriculture. 

The program travels across Manitoba feeding students full, hot breakfasts made with products from Manitoba farmers. Before each breakfast, the students take part in an education program that helps them explore the agriculture industry and learn where their food comes from. 

“The Made in Manitoba Breakfast program is an exciting and engaging way to connect students of all ages to where their food … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund: Empowering Teachers to Excite Students about Science Featured Article

Teachers and students from 10 under-resourced Catholic elementary schools are using kids’ natural tendencies toward curiosity and inquisitiveness to develop a better understanding of and love for inquiry-based science through the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation’s St. Louis City Science Investigations (CSI) Project. 

The three-year CSI project, supported by a $425,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, is made up of three components designed to change the dynamics of science education in urban schools — intensive summer and ongoing professional development in inquiry-based learning methods for teachers, summer science camp for students, and classroom practice. 

The program gives teachers greater confidence … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund: Focusing on the Future Featured Article

The Monsanto Fund is committed to supporting solutions that address education and community needs where our employees live and work. With more than 4,000 employees working at Monsanto’s headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, there are many programs supported by the Monsanto Fund focused on educating our youth and giving them a better chance to succeed in life. 

A great example of this focus is City Academy. City Academy was founded on the mission to create a high-performing independent elementary school for committed families whose educational opportunities were limited by economic or geographical factors. City Academy stimulates intellectual growth while encouraging … 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 »

Monsanto Fund in Indonesia Featured Article

The recently published Monsanto Fund Report 2010-2011 includes three projects in Indonesia.

Dateline Indonesia: Accessing Clean Water 

In late October 2011, Monsanto Indonesia and Habitat for Humanity Indonesia celebrated the completion of their corporate social responsibility water project in Tajinan, a small village in the East Java region of Indonesia. A ceremony was held to recognize the completion of the project with the wife of the East Java governor featured as the keynote speaker. 

Access to clean water has an emotional meaning for the 1,700 residents of Tajinan. It means a better and healthier life for the local … Full Article »

Investing in Children’s Education Featured Article

Years ago, I worked for St. Louis Public Schools, at a time when the school district was undergoing rapid and massive organizational change. Declining student enrollment over decades, coupled with all of the other problems of an urban school district, had forced drastic action. An outside management firm was brought in to run the district; schools were closed; numerous contracts were outsourced; staff was significantly reduced. The actions were painful and controversial. 

Despite the problems and controversy, the district has some important bright spots. 

Two elementary schools had, years before, restructured themselves, taken different approaches to education and proved that … Full Article »