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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 »

Helping Protect the Monarch Butterfly Featured Article

Fall’s approaching and as summer leaves the American Midwest, so will thousands of monarch butterflies.  While the monarch population varies from year to year, experts agree fewer will make the 3,000 mile migration to Mexico this year than in the past because the number of butterflies in the U.S. has declined.

Many studying monarchs think a number of factors are contributing to lower numbers like logging in Mexico, weather at overwintering sites, land use changes and the loss of habitat.  The declining availability of milkweed plants for butterfly habitat in the U.S. is certainly a contributing factor.

The challenge is … Full Article »

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World Water Week Featured Article

By Gabriela Burian
Global Lead, Sustainable Agriculture Environment

Together with my family, our dog and several of my colleagues, I assisted with cleaning up the Meramec River and vicinity in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., last week. One week later and more than 4,500 miles away from that river, I find myself in Stockholm, Sweden – again for water.

Most of the conversations that took place while cleaning in and around the Meramec River last week were related to workshops we are having in St. Louis. Workshops that focus on the challenge of cleaning what is already needed to survive and … Full Article »

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 »