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Monsanto Named One of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces Featured Article

For the third consecutive year, Monsanto Company has been named to the list of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work®. This year, Monsanto ranked No. 8 in the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence that identifies the top 25 best multinational companies in terms of workplace culture.

Monsanto moved up four places (from No. 12 in 2013) to No. 8 on the 2014 list. Monsanto is the only St. Louis-based company and the only agriculture company recognized again this year.

To view the full list of best multinational workplaces, visit http://www.greatplacetowork.com/best-companies/worlds-best-multinationals/the-list.

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The World Food Prize – One Year Later Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Somehow, some way, a year has passed since I was awarded the World Food Prize with Mary-Dell Chilton and Marc Van Montagu.  For me, the experience in Des Moines will always stand out as a career pinnacle.  But more important, it helped reset the discussion about the use of new tools and technologies in feeding a growing planet.

That reset started with the simple, fundamental fact that the three of us were chosen for the award.  In selecting the scientists who helped pioneer biotechnology, the World Food Prize made a bold and unambiguous … Full Article »

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Update to USDA Investigation of 2013 Oregon Detection of Genetically Engineered Wheat Featured Article

Today the USDA officially closed its investigation of the detection of Genetically Engineered (GE) wheat in Oregon with the conclusion that there was no GE wheat that had made it into commerce. There are also no food safety concerns associated with the GE wheat found in Oregon. See the full comments below.

USDA’s report is welcome news for U.S. wheat industry

Today’s report by the USDA affirms that no genetically modified wheat is in commerce and that the commercial seed and grain supply does not contain genetically modified wheat. This finding is supported by extensive testing by USDA, state universities, Monsanto and others. The … Full Article »

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Digging Into Vegetables from Seed to Supermarket to Saute Pan Featured Article

By Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds

“I just ate 400 tomatoes!” Eat tomatoes, we did…along with so much more. We had the pleasure to host a group of food and nutrition professionals who got “hands-on” at our Vegetable Seeds Research and Development headquarters in Woodland, California. As a food and nutrition professional myself, specifically as a registered dietitian/nutritionist now working in an agricultural company, I was so excited to share more about what we are working on everyday to make sure vegetables are not only available but also appealing to us all.

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9.22.14 Rural Road Safety - 4 Way Stop

Rural Road Safety Featured Article

Monsanto is a proud sponsor of NECAS’s National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 21-27. As a part of it, Monsanto employees are sharing why safety in agriculture is important. For more farm safety information, check out the Growing Safely video series on the Monsanto YouTube Channel here.

By Rena Warren

I am from a small community; born and raised in the panhandle of Texas. My dad was a Texas state trooper for 33 years. He retired as a special Texas Ranger. His career sparked my passion for safety at the early age of 12, when I began … 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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Talking with Filipino Students on Sustainability & Careers Featured Article

Cherie Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines Human Resources

Monsanto Philippines employees recently spoke with 700 college students from the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), one of the top state universities in the Philippines. The seminar, “Monsanto & the Work that We Do,” focused on sustainability, food, partnerships and career building.

Members from the Monsanto Philippines Leadership Team talked with MMSU’s students and faculty members on the challenges and solutions to achieve global food and agriculture sustainability; the role of farmers, better seeds, plant biotechnology products and crop management practices to produce better food using fewer natural resources; the need for new partnerships … Full Article »

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Expanding the Boundaries of Collaboration Featured Article

By Hugh Grant
Chairman and CEO, Monsanto

The power of collaboration can’t be underestimated.  Nor can the importance of events that serve as catalysts for bringing together new and unlikely groups, like the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  We at Monsanto are looking forward to being part of the CGI’s annual meeting in New York Sept. 21-Sept. 24, and to exploring opportunities to further our efforts with others to address some of society’s greatest challenges. CGI has a unique operational model for a nonprofit.

Instead of pursuing projects on its own, it facilitates action by helping members connect, collaborate, and make … Full Article »

Mojokerto Indonesia OTJS Team Shares Safety Culture with Communities and Farmers Featured Article

Safety is a strong value within Monsanto’s culture. It is important that our employees are trained to practice safety on and off the job. The Monsanto Mojokerto Off-The-Job Safety (OTJS) team in Indonesia shared several examples of how they prepare their employees, families, farmer customers and the local community members for safety preparedness.

Blood Donations: The team held four blood donations from November 2013- August 2014. A total of 223 participants registered, which equated to 193 blood donor packets.

FIRST Aid Kits for Home Emergency Preparedness: To increase awareness and preparedness of employees for any emergency situation at home, the team … Full Article »

9.17.14 MON Puerto Rico Named Best Employer

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 »