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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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Climate change and agriculture – Europe must adapt, too Featured Article

By Carola Traverso Saibante
Corriere della Sera
June 6, 2014

Global warming is also threatening agriculture in Europe, a continent that is not immune to the problem of the safety of the food supply. The principal crops such as wheat and corn are not only yielding less in quantitative terms but are also at risk in qualitative terms. Especially in the South, where the climate is becoming warmer and drier, water resources are scarce and pests are spreading, so now is the time to adapt. Europe is the world’s largest producer of wheat, the second most widely cultivated grain in … Full Article »

“Monsanto in Sync with the Challenges of Our Century” Featured Article

At the very same time that agriculture faces one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century – producing enough food to nourish a rapidly rising global population – shifts in weather patterns are making farming riskier than ever, Brett Begemann, Monsanto’s president and chief operating officer, told a group at the Dallas Friday Club this summer.

But Monsanto is collaborating with others — farmers, non-profits, universities and others to develop a broad range of solutions to help reduce that risk, he said, while also boosting agricultural sustainability and productivity.

Texas is a good case study of the … Full Article »

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A Summer at Monsanto Featured Article

By Kassie Curran
Summer Intern

Have you ever taken an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone? I can think of many times where I have taken opportunities like this, and they’ve always ended up being significant growth experiences with lasting benefits. I remember the first time I went to a livestock judging contest when I was 7 years old – I was terrified because I wasn’t fully prepared for what I was getting into, but after 12 years of livestock judging I had countless experiences that taught me critical thinking, confidence, hard work, and a love for challenge. … Full Article »

Setting the record straight on Monsanto’s collaboration with Tekmira Featured Article

There have been recent rumors that Monsanto has partnered with the Department of Defense to work with Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation to develop a vaccine against Ebola. This rumor is exactly that: a rumor.

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide sustainable solutions for agriculture, Monsanto has been partnering with others who are experts in their fields. At Monsanto, we recognize that the best solutions come from collaboration. Tekmira is a leading developer of delivery and formulation technology within the pharmaceutical industry. Our agreement with Tekmira specifically relates to their proprietary delivery and formulation technology, and will allow us to Full Article »

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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 »

White House Roundtable Advances Collaboration on Climate Change and Farming Featured Article

By Martha Schlicher
Global Stakeholder Engagement Lead

Environmental factors – weather, weeds and bugs – have always presented some of the most significant challenges that farmers face every single growing season. Today, climate change has emerged as one of the greatest environmental risks facing our food supply.  It will take heightened collaboration and innovation to help farmers adapt to the uncertainty that weather volatility presents, so that we can continue to count on them to give us choices for balanced meals, every meal, every day.

One of the most powerful tools we have to minimize the impact of climate change … Full Article »

I am a Monsanto Collaborator Featured Article

By Jesus Madrazo
Vice President, Corporate Engagement

The world faces a lot of big challenges today – climate change, feeding another 2 billion people in the next three decades, and protecting the environment are just a few. Solving those big problems will require debate, dialogue, diversity of opinion and lots of people working together. Reasonable people can and should disagree about how to solve those problems – that’s healthy.

But there’s a big difference between healthy debate and demonizing people you disagree with.  Personal attacks don’t move any of us closer to solutions.  To the contrary, those attacks make it … Full Article »

Monsanto Philippines Recognized for Workplace Practices Featured Article

Monsanto Philippines’ Country Lead Sandro Rissi receives the award from Bonar Laureto, Executive Director of Philippine Business for the Environment – the Global Network Partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Monsanto recently received a special recognition for workplace practices from Global Initiatives (GI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which launched the Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) Philippines 2014.

The SBA Awards recognizes best practices and leadership in sustainable business among national and multinational companies in the Philippines. The winners were announced at a gala dinner and awarding ceremony at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati.

Monsanto participated in the awards process … Full Article »

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Monsanto Leaders Inspire Young People in Vietnam to Engage in Food & Agriculture Featured Article

Jesus Madrazo speaks with students

The agricultural sector was, and continues to be, the driving force for Vietnam economic growth and the largest employer in Vietnam – employing half of the nation’s workforce. Thus, engaging and equipping young people with the right mindset and skills are an important part of Vietnam’s effort to advance and accelerate economic growth and agriculture. As a company committed  to engaging with society and developing talent and advocates for our industry, Monsanto executives engaged with 200 students on “Leadership, Purpose & Sustainability” in Hanoi at the National Economics University at a meeting organized by the … Full Article »

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Conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival Featured Article

On Tuesday, three Monsanto executives spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival, in an effort to engage in conversation with people of diverse perspectives about agriculture, climate change, sustainability, and other issues. 

Agriculture Innovation and the Promise of Biotechnology

President and COO Brett Begemann spoke about agriculture innovation. Advancements in biotechnology are transforming agriculture.  With the global population expected to grow to nine billion people by 2050, and people seeking more and better food, we must invest in innovation now.

To date, biotechnology in agriculture has contributed to economic growth around the world. Scientists in both the public and … Full Article »