Yesterday, Monsanto and Novozymes announced the BioAg Alliance, to discover, develop and sell microbial products to help farmers worldwide increased yields with less input. The subject of agricultural microbials is new and relatively unfamiliar, and Monsanto included a background page on the corporate web site that helps explain what microbials are and how they work.
Related links about the announcement:
Monsanto’s press release
Novozymes’s press release
Monsanto’s background information on agricultural microbials; the page includes a link for a replay of the conference call with news media
Novozymes Fact Sheet on the alliance
Monsanto and Novozymes infographic: What … Full Article »
At the recent Business for the Environment (B4E) Indonesia Summit, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kadin, announced the winners of the 2nd annual Sustainable Business Awards (SBA), recognizing best practices and leadership in sustainable business among Indonesian and multinational companies.
The Sustainable Business Awards is a global program established to increase awareness of corporate best-practice and demonstrate how sustainable business benefits companies, the environment and all stakeholders, today and for the future.
Monsanto Indonesia was awarded the Sustainable Business Award Indonesia 2013 (SBA) for “Corporate Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility in the Community” at an award ceremony held … Full Article »
In August, as a follow-up to the Honey Bee Health Summit in June, Bee Culture Editor Kim Flottum visited Monsanto and met with executives and employees in a series of meetings. Kim asked whatever questions were on his mind, and talked with Monsanto about what he was hearing from the beekeeping industry, his readers and others.
Kim recently published his story, and while it is normally behind the subscription wall at Bee Culture, he granted us permission to post the article, “Monsanto Interviews: 7 Voices from Inside.” He talks about the Bee Summit, Monsanto’s acquisition of Beeologics in 2011, … Full Article »
Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robb Fraley spoke at the Farm Journal Forum 13 in Washington, D.C., this morning, talking about science, the regulatory and social landscape, innovation, and the need to produce more food.
As is common at any agriculture meeting (or any meeting, for that matter), a number of people in the audience tweeted Dr. Fraley’s remarks, and they captured the essence of what he said. (AgWeb also published a story about Dr. Fraley’s speech: Fraley: Technology Will Be Key to Feeding World’s Population.)
Here are some of the tweets:
@AgProudRyan: @RobbFraley, @MonsantoCo EVP and … Full Article »
The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and its partners are celebrating 10 years of the development and use of innovative technologies for agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. Some 14.5 million smallholder farmers will be helped when the technologies are ultimately implemented.
Monsanto works with the AATF on the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and USAID.WEMA was created to enhance food security in sub-Saharan Africa by developing and deploying more drought-tolerant maize varieties, provided royalty-free.
The AATF has created this video summarizing what’s … Full Article »
A lot of critical behind-the-scenes work has to happen to make sure Monsanto meets legal and regulatory obligations, society’s expectations for safety and information, and provides quality products to farmers.
This work may not always be recognized, but it is nonetheless important. Recently, that work was indeed recognized by Corporate Secretary Magazine, which named Monsanto’s Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report as one of its three finalists for the 2013 Corporate Governance Awards.
That report is extensive; the executive summary is 32 pages long. Assembling the information for the report requires extensive work by many, many teams across the company. … Full Article »
By Brian Russell
Monsanto Italy has engaged a prominent university and a leading irrigation company in a project designed to improve lives for Italian corn farmers.
Dubbed AquaTEK, the project brings Monsanto’s expertise in hybrid seed technology together with the irrigation expertise of the company Netafim Italia and the scientific prowess of the University of Milano to study the best combination of seed types, soil information and irrigation for Italian farmers. The partnership began in 2013 after three years of internal-Monsanto study that gave the company the ability to recommend to farmers the best types of DEKALB … Full Article »
The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is still a week away, but our colleagues over at Monsanto.com have put together a story in infographic form about some of the common foods we eat to celebrate the day. The cranberry illustration above is one example. Simply cursor over the foods on the table, and learn something about what we eat on Thanksgiving – what starts on farms all over the United States.… Full Article »
Almost 30 years, I was asked to help on a project that mystified me. A Monsanto executive, Will Carpenter, who was leading what was then the company’s agricultural division, was speaking in Washington on chemical disarmament, and needed help organizing the material.
I knew next to nothing about chemical weapons or chemical disarmament. Will was way down in the weeds of the subject – I didn’t know anyone could know so much about it. He had been wrestling with the question of how nations could verify that weapons were not being produced, and he was considering an idea – that … Full Article »