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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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By Orv Kimbrough
United Way of Greater St. Louis

What would it take to create a culture of service, a culture defined by what we give, rather than what we get? I believe this is a culture worth pursuing—one which, in some pockets of the community, already exists – and if nurtured more broadly has the potential to transform and impact more lives.

United Way of Greater St. Louis, in partnership with stl250 and sponsored by Monsanto, is helping facilitate a culture of service by uniting all generations to make our region strong through one million hours of volunteer service … Full Article »


St. Louis, MO: A Leading Bioscience Center

By Donn Rubin
President and CEO of BioSTL

St. Louis, MO is a leading bioscience center. Donn Rubin, President and CEO of BioSTL explains why.

St. Louis is fortunate to have an extraordinary convergence of corporate, university, and entrepreneurial strengths in bioscience.  Coupled with the region’s straightforward professionalism, capital efficiency, and supportive and collaborative spirit, these assets set St. Louis apart as a leading bioscience center. 

St. Louis has long enjoyed an astonishing concentration of world-class scientists in medical and plant sciences, making it a world leader in academic and corporate bioscience research and development.  However, for many years, the … Full Article »

Freedom to operate outside of the office Featured Article

By Stephanie Regagnon
Corporate Engagement

Last week I had the unique opportunity to speak to a group of professional women from across the bi-state region at the St. Louis Business Journal’s 9th Annual Women’s Conference.  It was my first year attending and it will not be my last. The day was action packed, full of energy and lots of great speakers.

I spoke to the largest group I have ever stood in front of and told a very personal story about a family tragedy that led to my mother spending four years in the federal prison system. As … Full Article »

What would happen if an organic farmer toured Monsanto? Featured Article

One of the things I think most surprises people about Monsanto and its employees, is the fact that we serve a wide range of farmers, including organic farmers. For some reason people think we are exclusively a biotech company but I’ve had the chance to visit several customers who have organic farms and several organic farmers have visited us. But this time, when an organic farmer visited, he decided to blog about it. The first few paragraphs follow but we encourage you to read the full post “An Organic Farmer Walks Into Monsanto…And This is What Happened” on Real … Full Article »


Respecting the Diversity in All of Us Featured Article

By Kristopher
Monsanto Finance

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 »

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Agricultural Science Gallery Opens Featured Article

By Brian Russell
Public Affairs

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 »


Reaffirming Our Commitment to Science Education Featured 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 »


Monsanto St. Louis Sites Recycle: The Numbers Tell the Story Featured Article

The numbers tell the story.

230 tons.

175 tons.

1,400 tons.

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 »

Monsanto Fund: Empowering Teachers to Excite Students about Science Featured 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 »

Monsanto Fund: Focusing on the Future Featured 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 »