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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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My Monsanto Experience

By Audrey Ball

Nine months ago, I was serving as president of Net Impact at Washington University in St. Louis, a student organization dedicated to empowering leaders in business and sustainability, and had the opportunity to visit Monsanto. Fourteen of my Net Impact colleagues and I toured the Monsanto technology headquarters at Chesterfield and attended a presentation given by Gabriela Burian, the sustainable ag ecosystems lead, explaining Monsanto’s involvement in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative. It was November, an important month for the sustainability world, as stakeholders prepared to come together … Full Article »

Innovation and Collaboration Drive Climate-Smart Agriculture in the U.S.

By Audrey Ball

In 2015, Monsanto became the founding co-chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative. Through partnerships with key stakeholders and internal initiatives, Monsanto is defining a concrete path to make CSA a reality for large-scale commodity agriculture.

As a key participant in agriculture, Monsanto is a change agent in conversations for increased sustainability in food production, and also contributes the science to make this sustainability reality. Before announcing its carbon neutrality commitment last December and publicly pledging to share research findings, Monsanto commissioned a report from ICF International to measure … Full Article »

Innovation is Key: Syngenta Combination would Give Farmers More Tools Featured Article

By Brett Begemann, President and Chief Operating Officer

There’s never been a more important or exciting time to be in agriculture, and I’m fortunate to be able to get out and talk with folks around the country about what these dynamic times have meant for their businesses and customers.

I had a chance this week to talk with growers, researchers and bank leaders who help farmers continue to invest to meet the changing demands of our growing world. I served on a panel Wednesday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s annual Agriculture Symposium, which focused on the … Full Article »

Earth Day and Corn Farming: 45 Years of Progress Featured Article

By Robert T. Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Imagine, as the world grows more hot and crowded, not having to using more land for farms but returning some of it instead to forest and grassland. Imagine the reductions in soil erosion and water consumption, the decline of greenhouse gas emissions, and a host of other benefits for our planet.

It’s possible. Corn farmers have shown how.

So as we mark Earth Day this April, I want to call attention to an aspect of corn farming that is too often lost in the story of our food systems. I want to celebrate … Full Article »

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 »

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 »

Farmer Choice Key to Successful and Sustainable Farming Featured Article

By Daniel Kruithoff,
Managing Director
Monsanto Australia & New Zealand

Agriculture is once again at the forefront of the national conversation about Australia’s future prosperity. Having ridden the mining boom all the way to shore, sectors such as agriculture are being viewed as the next wave of economic growth.

Improved market access through free trade agreements will undoubtedly help drive demand for Australia’s high quality food and fibre, particularly among the booming middle class of Asia.

What is less certain though is the capacity of Australian agriculture to sustainably increase productivity fast enough to capitalise on the opportunity of becoming … Full Article »

Monsanto Philippines talks with Mindanao university students on global agriculture and food sustainability Featured Article

Monsanto Philippines recently received a warm welcome from 866 university students who attended its briefing on sustainability, food, partnerships and career building.

Monsanto recently conducted a seminar on ‘Monsanto,& the Work that We Do’  at the Mindanao State University (MSU) which was attended not only by the students but also by most of the faculty members of the University’s College of Agriculture.  The Monsanto Philippines Team of Cherie Ocampo , Human Resources Lead; Gabby Romero, Regulatory Affairs Lead;  Jorgen Abellera,  Corn Breeder and Plant Pathology Lead for Asia Pacific and Chat Ocampo,  Corporate Engagement Lead  exchanged perspectives with MSU students … Full Article »

Some of the Best Conversations Happen In The Field Featured Article

Lisa Safarian, North America Commercial Lead

When I’m not talking to growers, I’m often on the sidelines of a baseball diamond somewhere in the Midwest cheering on my son and his team.

Recently, one afternoon at the baseball field, another mom and I were catching up and she mentioned she’d been reading a lot about Monsanto online. I could tell from the look on her face she was surprised and puzzled.

“How can you work at such a place,” she asked. “I mean…I know you. Why is it that what I read about your company online is so different … Full Article »

Touching Lives and Saving Resources with Bt Cotton Featured Article

At Monsanto, we frequently discuss the impact of our work on food and animal feed supplies. However, there’s one crop that has an equally important but different impact on our lives – cotton.

Each day, billions of people around the world wake up, roll out of bed and put on clothes that reflect a piece of who we are. Many of these lives are touched each day – literally and figuratively – by cotton, which is grown on every habitable continent. From the sheets we sleep on to that favorite pair of blue jeans we take comfort in, the lint … Full Article »