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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A Summer At 6,000 Feet

By Russell J., Mechanical Project Engineer Intern

Growing up in Iowa, surrounded by cornfields, I never imagined that I would be working in agriculture in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, at 6,000 feet above sea level! However, that is exactly what I found myself doing as I packed up my car and headed across the country to Soda Springs, Idaho.





The importance of agriculture for today’s society is unmistakable. As the population grows, we find ourselves in need of producing more crops using the same amount of land. A commitment to sustainability and an effort to … Full Article »

Learning the Ways in Which Farming is Unique in each State

By Ashley S., Row Crops Sales Intern and Student Ambassador

North Dakota is the land of the Red River Valley, where fields are filled with corn, soybeans, wheat, sugarbeets and sunflowers! It’s where I am working for Monsanto as a U.S. Row Crop Sales Intern with ASGROW® and DEKALB® Brands this summer. Originally from Iowa, I am studying Agronomy and Animal Science at Iowa State University. I grew up on a family farm where I was surrounded by agriculture; it was there that I first found a love for the industry.

This is my second internship with the U.S. Row … Full Article »

We’re in Good Hands with the Next Generation of Agriculture Researchers Featured Article

By Robert Fraley
Chief Technology Officer 

I was invigorated after speaking with more than 500 students and educators at Iowa State University last evening at the annual Norman Borlaug Lecture.  It was an opportunity for my fellow World Food Prize laureates and me to share some thoughts on the future of innovation in agriculture, but just as much a chance to see and hear what these students see as future needs and research opportunities.

Today’s students are, after all, the people who will be living with 2.4 billion more people than we share the planet with today.  They’ll … Full Article »

Honors for Two Young Monsanto Employees

Two young Monsanto employees received special recognitions recently.

Doug Hubner, general manager of Monsanto’s Hubner Seeds business, has received the 2010 Future Giants of the Industry Award from the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). The award is given annually to recognize leadership, innovation and commitment to the seed industry.

Cited for his passion, dedication and foresight, Hubner – whose father and grandfather founded Hubner Seeds in 1972 – is known for leading by example. Richard Hines, executive vice president of Indiana Design Consortium Inc., nominated Hubner for the award, and had this to say of his nominee:

“Doug leads by … Full Article »