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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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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 »

Monsanto Fund, Maryville University Partner to Increase Diversity in STEM Fields Featured Article

Women, minorities, and those from low-income areas have traditionally been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Through a new grant partnership, Maryville University and Monsanto Fund will address this problem by sparking student interest in the career fields from an early age.

Maryville University has been awarded a one-year, $124,995 Monsanto Fund Grant for a new program called Children using Robotics for Engineering, Science, Technology and Math (CREST-M). The funding allows Maryville educators to create an innovative math curriculum for 3rd and 4th graders using LEGO WeDo robotics.

To continue reading, please see Maryville’s news releaseFull Article »

Supporting Education in Vietnam Featured Article

On Jan. 15, Monsanto Fund announced a pledge of VND 3.2 billion in partnership with the non-governmental organization Room to Read to improve literacy and gender equality for thousands of children in rural communities in Vietnam. Through this partnership, we will be able to improve education and literacy of more than 60,000 children of Vietnamese farmers.

Monsanto’s funding is going to two major programs, Girls’ Education and Literacy.

In Girls’ Education program, we are equipping 175 girls from low-income families in the rural community with the necessary financial support and skills to succeed in school and beyond through mentors, tutors … Full Article »

Municipality of Sara, Iloilo Recognizes Monsanto’s Efforts to Assist Typhoon Haiyan Victims Featured Article

 The Municipal Government of Sara, Iloilo recognized Monsanto’s valuable contribution to help its residents recover from the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan at a special program held recently to mark the municipality’s rehabilitation efforts one year after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Visayas. The super typhoon left 6,300 people dead and rendered around 600,000 people homeless.

Monsanto’s plaque of recognition reads that it was given in grateful appreciation of Monsanto’s “extra-ordinary humanitarian concern and immeasurable kindness extended to the people of Sara during one of the darkest and most trying times in their lives.”

Monsanto Philippines Country Lead Sandro Rissi shared … 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 »

10 Questions About Honey Bees Featured Article

There is an increasing buzz around honey bees and other pollinators.  Honey bees are important to agriculture and our food supply and in honor of National Pollinator Week we’d like to take this opportunity to address some questions related to honey bees 

Question 1: Why are honey bees important to agriculture?

Think of your breakfast, lunch or dinner today. Did you know approximately 30 percent of all of the wonderful foods we have at our finger tips are brought to us by the relationship among beekeepers, honey bees and farmers? USDA estimates the value of honey bees on … Full Article »

Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Update Featured Article

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project is a public/private partnership, initiated in 2008, dedicated to improving lives through the development of products that help smallholder farmers mitigate drought risk and manage insect pressure. 

Led by the Kenya-based African Agricultural Technology Foundation and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates and Howard G. Buffett foundations, WEMA key partners include the National Agricultural Research Institutes in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT ) and Monsanto. 

Since its inception, the WEMA partnership has successfully developed a robust pipeline of new drought-tolerant hybrids … Full Article »

Indian Farmers Producing More, Conserving More and Improving Lives with Better Technology

Lal pours seed into the Project SHARE drill

By Sara Duncan

Indian farmer Jamuna Lal had always planted his corn crop the same way: he mixed the corn seed with the fertilizer and spread it out over the field. Like many farmers in his village, he also used a traditional method of a bullock-drawn indigenous plough based system. Using this method results in the random spacing of seeds and direct contact with fertilizer—both factors decrease yield.

After seeing farmers experiment with mechanization, Lal decided to join a project that introduced him to a new sowing and fertilizing drill that would … Full Article »