It’s been almost 24 years ago, but I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was riding along in the tractor with my father while he was doing ground work to prepare for spring planting. My mother was working; my sister in school. I didn’t have much of a choice but to tag long with my father at the age of five.
I specifically remember taking my favorite pillow with me as I adventured out in the field with Dad. That pillow was a great source of comfort while riding along in those bumpy fields. … Full Article »
By Brian Russell
After more than two years of planning and construction, the Ernest Jaworski Agricultural Science Gallery at Monsanto’s Chesterfield Village Research Center has opened in a ceremony featuring Jaworski, Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley, and Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant.
Jaworski, a 1998 National Medal of Technology award winner and 41-year Monsanto employee who retired in 1993, was one of the driving forces behind bringing biotechnology to Monsanto.
His impact on Monsanto cannot be overstated.
“Ernie redefined the future of Monsanto and our technology,” said Fraley, during his remarks March 5 at the dedication.… Full Article »
In keeping with its commitment to provide students with high-quality science education, enhancing the opportunities for academic success, the Monsanto Fund was the main backer behind the expansion of the MySci program in 2013.
MySci is a science education program developed through a partnership between Monsanto Fund and Washington University in St. Louis’ Institute for School Partnership as well as the Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo and Missouri Botanical Garden. Recognizing the need and importance of quality science education and hands-on learning, the program is an effort to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education into St. … Full Article »
The numbers tell the story.
Monsanto’s St. Louis headquarters sites – four major locations in suburban St. Louis – have had programs in place for a number of years to recycle waste materials. These materials come from offices, research laboratories, and facility management areas.
From offices, programs include such things as single-stream desk side pick-up, which is sorted off-site to maximize recycled office material volumes; paper recycling; aluminum can and plastic bottle recycling; and recycling of compostable materials.
From laboratories, there is significant recycling of glass; plastics; solvents; plant/seed wastes; and general non-hazardous/sanitary lab … Full Article »
Teachers and students from 10 under-resourced Catholic elementary schools are using kids’ natural tendencies toward curiosity and inquisitiveness to develop a better understanding of and love for inquiry-based science through the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation’s St. Louis City Science Investigations (CSI) Project.
The three-year CSI project, supported by a $425,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, is made up of three components designed to change the dynamics of science education in urban schools — intensive summer and ongoing professional development in inquiry-based learning methods for teachers, summer science camp for students, and classroom practice.
The program gives teachers greater confidence … Full Article »
The Monsanto Fund is committed to supporting solutions that address education and community needs where our employees live and work. With more than 4,000 employees working at Monsanto’s headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, there are many programs supported by the Monsanto Fund focused on educating our youth and giving them a better chance to succeed in life.
A great example of this focus is City Academy. City Academy was founded on the mission to create a high-performing independent elementary school for committed families whose educational opportunities were limited by economic or geographical factors. City Academy stimulates intellectual growth while encouraging … Full Article »
Years ago, I worked for St. Louis Public Schools, at a time when the school district was undergoing rapid and massive organizational change. Declining student enrollment over decades, coupled with all of the other problems of an urban school district, had forced drastic action. An outside management firm was brought in to run the district; schools were closed; numerous contracts were outsourced; staff was significantly reduced. The actions were painful and controversial.
Despite the problems and controversy, the district has some important bright spots.
Two elementary schools had, years before, restructured themselves, taken different approaches to education and proved that … Full Article »
If you’re a regular reader of the Monsanto blog, you probably know we have some Scottish interns running around here this summer, learning about working within a large organization, and contributing to our business in many ways. This is the third year we are hosting Saltire Foundation scholars from Scotland, and I am personally excited about this connection we have here in St. Louis with the land of my birth.
The Saltire Foundation, which is a Scottish charity founded five years ago and is backed by the organisation GlobalScots, targets Scotland’s most talented college students, most of whom would … Full Article »
By Linda Newman
Staring my first day at Monsanto in St. Louis, I had no idea what to expect. Was it going to be anything like having a job back home in Scotland? Would I be in totally over my head in my first ‘real job’ ever? Had I dressed right?
My name is Linda Newman and I am an intern with the Saltire Foundation, a Scottish foundation that gives final year Scottish university students the chance to intern abroad for the summer. I was fortunate enough to be accepted into this program and placed in St … Full Article »
By Fraser Porteous
University of Strathclyde
Let me begin by telling you a little about myself. My name is Fraser Porteous and I am a 20-year-old Marketing & Management student studying at the University of Strathclyde Business School. In my free time, I’m a keen bagpiper (living up to the Scottish stereotype, I know). For my entire life, I have lived in a large Scottish town named Hamilton, which is situated around 15 miles south of the city of Glasgow.
So what brings me to Monsanto? Well, this has all been made possible thanks to an organization called The Saltire … Full Article »