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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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Monsanto’s Plant Breeders Play Matchmaker

By Brandie Piper
Monsanto Corporate Engagement

Matchmakers have a long history of pairing together two people who complement each other in the hopes of fostering a relationship. The process is similar for plant breeders and the crops they study.

Like matchmakers, the goal of plant breeders is to bring together the two plants best-suited for each other so they can produce offspring with the best characteristics of both. The resulting offspring are called hybrids or varieties, depending on the crop. At Monsanto, our plant breeders play matchmaker every day to all types of crops such as corn, soybeans, peppers, … Full Article »

The WEF PISAgro Corn Ecosystem Partnership in Indonesia Featured Article

“I feel proud to produce more corn from my farm, and earn more for my family. For the first time, I feel the seed companies like Monsanto, Cargill, and bank like BRI, – are collaborating so I can be successful. This is the first time I participated in this project and I benefited from the best agricultural practice training. I am looking forward to more secured yield and better earnings so my wife and children can live comfortably and peacefully. I also hope that I can continue to produce and earn more.” – Suyanto

Suyanto, a 43-year-old farmer from Jrambe … Full Article »

Fact Check: Setting the record straight on the Dr. Oz segment on glyphosate safety Featured Article

We watched the Dr. Oz segment, and we stand by our statement: All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health. This is backed up by decades of data on glyphosate that have been extensively reviewed by the U.S. EPA and other regulatory agencies and science organizations, including the European Commission, Health Canada and many others. We welcome dialogue with consumers on these important issues, and we invite anyone with questions about glyphosate safety or other topics to reach out to us at discover.monsanto.com.

On his program today, Dr. Oz said he couldn’t get anyone who supports … Full Article »

Do we review studies on our products? Yep – we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t Featured Article

By Aimee Hood
Communications Lead,
Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs 

I am the mother of two boys, and, like you, know that the safety and nutrition of the food that my family eats is very important. I am also an employee at Monsanto, and as a member of the Regulatory Team I work closely with dedicated scientists who spend their time thinking about and assessing the safety of every product we develop.

At any time a study can be published that has a new finding or draws a new conclusion about one of our products.  From time to time, … Full Article »

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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 »

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Monsanto Philippines Participates in Agricultural Biotech Forum Featured Article

Chat Ocampo speaks to the forum participants

Monsanto Philippines participated in a multi-sector forum on agricultural biotechnology held recently in Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines. The forum was organized by the Asian Farmers Regional Network (ASFARNET-Philippines) to inform key stakeholders about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology and to clarify issues related to biotech crops.

Chat Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines’ Corporate Engagement Lead, spoke about the challenges and concerns in explaining agricultural biotechnology to a non-technical audience. To continue to enjoy public trust and support, those who engage in biotech research “should endeavor to remain transparent and keep government officials and the … Full Article »

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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 »

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AON Hewitt Names Monsanto Indonesia One of Seven Best Employers 2015 Featured Article

Monsanto Indonesia has received a Best Employers Award 2015 from Aon Hewitt, the global enterprise solutions provider of human resources. Aon Hewitt announced the list of best employers at an awards ceremony and learning conference held in Indonesia. The conference agenda included a discussion of the main results of an Aon study, case studies and panel discussions with HR leaders and CEOs.

First started in 2001, the Aon Hewitt Best Employers program aims to obtain data and information on company practices that help create a competitive advantage through human resources, employ significant management programs, and identify the best employers in … Full Article »

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Monsanto Indonesia Wins Sustainable Business Award Featured Article

Monsanto Indonesia Country Leadership Team receives Sustainable Business Award (SBA)

Monsanto Indonesia has won a Sustainable Business Award (SBA) in the category of Best Land Use / Biodiversity and Environment, which recognizes the company’s Sustainable Agriculture Landscape Partnership (SALP) with eNGO Conservation International.

The partnership with eNGO is aimed at developing a healthy, sustainable economy by improving agricultural production, conserving biodiversity and natural resources, and enhancing farmer livelihoods.

This award also recognizes our leadership commitment to a sustainable agriculture in Indonesia in support of the Government agenda on Food Security. Monsanto Indonesia is among 15 recipients across 16 award categories.… Full Article »

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Monsanto Philippines Seminar Underscores Benefits of Modern Agriculture Featured Article

About 60 people attended the forum sponsored by Monsanto and the US-ASEAN Business Council

Last week in Manilla, Monsanto partnered with the US-ASEAN Business Council to sponsor a forum on “Maximizing Nutrition with Modern Agriculture” at the Dusit Thani Hotel. The seminar was attended by more than 60 people from Philippine government offices, media, non-government organizations and universities.

Milton Stokes, director of Global Health and Nutrition Outreach for Monsanto, discussed innovative means of safe and sustainable food production through traditional plant breeding, biotechnology, crop protection and precision agriculture.

Milton Stokes speaking on nutrition and modern agriculture

Based on the company’s … Full Article »