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Monsanto Netherlands Participates in Holland’s Biggest Volunteer Event Featured Article

Colleagues from Monsanto Bergschenhoek help out at the community gardens

This past weekend, more than 80 Monsanto Netherlands employees volunteered  in the Nldoet  2015, Holland’s biggest volunteer event of the year.

During the two days of NLdoet, thousands of people giving a hand to foundations, associations, healthcare facilities, schools and nature organizations that can use some help around their properties. Organizations and volunteers can find each other through the NLdoet website. This year, more than 300,000 volunteers participated in almost 7,600 projects.

Colleagues from Monsanto Enkhuizen help out with gardening work at school

NLdoet is organized by the Oranje … Full Article »

Elders Smile as Monsanto Singapore Team Shows They Care Featured Article

Distributing health and nutrition items to elderly citizens.

Singapore is the headquarters of the Monsanto Asia-Pacific region and home to nearly 85 employees who enable and support our farmer-focused operations in the other ten countries in the region. Singaporeans have a strong sense of community, and so the Monsanto Singapore team organizes charitable and social initiatives to enabling sharing this spirit.

During the recent Lunar New Year, Monsanto Singapore employees visited elders at the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities (THKMC) home and presented New Year “goodie bags.”

The Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities (THKMC), established in 1978, operates more than … Full Article »

More Sustainable Sweet Corn Featured Article

We recently welcomed local farmers to sell their vegetables at our Monsanto Farmers Market. Employees swarmed the campus to stock up on tasty favorites, including tomatoes, peppers and sweet corn grown from our seed.

By bringing together scientists, farmers and others, we developed sweet corn seed that can be grown with less impact on the environment.  This harvest season we visited Meyer Farm in Granite City, Ill., to show you how this vegetable is grown and provide helpful tips for picking the best ears for boiling, grilling or eating raw.

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Monsanto Caribe Named One of the Best Employers in Puerto Rico Featured Article

For the third year in a row, Monsanto Caribe made the list as one of the Best Employers in Puerto Rico in the medium sized-business category. The list, coordinated by AON Hewitt and published in newspaper El Nuevo Día, identifies companies that are on the cutting edge of human resources development and management.

“We are very proud to receive this distinction for the third time. We are very grateful to our employees for the commitment they show every day and the quality of their work. Our operation’s success would not be possible without the work they do. Our commitment (the Monsanto … Full Article »

Safety is priority No. 1 for Monsanto’s seasonal workers Featured Article

By Al Henderson
Seed Site Manager, Grinnell, Iowa

Some people spend their careers in an office.  I’ve spent most of mine in a field.  For the past 30 years, I’ve managed our corn seed production site in Grinnell, Iowa.  That means every summer, I’m out in the field as our crews walk the rows to detassel corn plants.

For those not familiar with hybrid corn, detasseling is a critical step as we work to make the highest quality corn hybrids for our farmers.  It’s as simple as pulling the tassels out of the top of corn plants, and Monsanto typically … Full Article »

2014 Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards Featured Article

The 2014 Monsanto Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards ceremony on Friday honored the best of Monsanto employee efforts in sustainable agriculture.

With a global employee audience watching online and before a standing-room only crowd, the ceremony recognized winners in eight categories that highlight the positive impacts of Monsanto employees around the world.

“As I looked over the submissions for this year’s Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards, I was excited to see the impact our teams have around the world,” said Jesus Madrazo, Global Corporate Engagement Lead. “Whether we are helping bring clean drinking water to a village or collaborating with farmers and … Full Article »

Monsanto Named One of Best Multinational Workplaces in Latin America Featured Article

The Great Place to Work® Institute has again named Monsanto as one of the Best Multinational Workplaces in Latin America, ranking number 13. Monsanto was recognized for the success of its operations in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Guatemala. Last year, Monsanto placed number 18 on the list.

Monsanto was selected for from a group of 2,094 qualifying multinational corporations. To be eligible to participate, multinationals must have been recognized in at least three national lists of Latin America in the past year; have at least 1,000 employees worldwide; and have at minimum of 40 percent of total employees working outside … Full Article »

#beredcrossready Featured Article

On Tuesday, about 100 Monsanto employees participated in a volunteer event with the American Red Cross – Greater St. Louis Region. The focus was assembling emergency preparedness kits, and the recipient organization is the Alliance to End Hunger. As Dick Clark, chairman of the board of directors for the Red Cross in St. Louis, said Tuesday in a post here, this kits can make a huge difference when people confront disasters and emergencies.

The event was livetweeted via Twitter, and what follows are some of the tweets and photographs.

@myharper0921:  #beredcrossready Getting ready to give back! pic.twitter.com/SHrDS3LUfT… Full Article »

Kihei Site Employees Wholeheartedly Support the American Heart Association Featured Article

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

On March 8, employees of the Kihei site in Hawaii participated in the 2014 Heart Walk. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s (AHA) premiere fundraising event and promotes heart-healthy living and physical activity.

“We have wonderful and generous employees at the Kihei site,” said Carol Reimann, community and government affairs manager. “They showed a lot of ‘heart’ during the 2014 Heart Walk.”

The 120 employees who participated in the fundraiser volunteered a total of 180 hours and raised … Full Article »

Soda Springs Employees Volunteer at Food Bank to Help Fight Rural Hunger Featured Article

Left to right: (Front Row) Dave Prafka, HR Lead; Kevin Wright, Contract Cost Analyst; Brad Torgesen, Senior Cost Analyst. (Back Row) Shannon Tomas, HR Generalist; Helen Smith, Finance Lead; Tammy Griffiths, Cost Analyst; Laura Latham, Payroll Clerk; Deb Green, HR Administrative Assistant; John Anderson, HR Generalist.

Soda Springs, Idaho, employees volunteered recently to prepare over 1,000 individual meals to mitigate rural hunger in Southeast Idaho communities.  The volunteers hand-packed individual and bulk food items at the Eastern Idaho Foodbank located in Pocatello, Idaho, approximately 50 miles from the company’s Soda Springs manufacturing facility.

Nearly 15 percent of Idaho’s residents are … Full Article »