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Our 2013 Corn Rootworm Efforts: Technology Leads the Way Featured Article

By Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Western corn rootworm

Technology has played a key role in helping society progress over the years. Technology, through human innovation, tackles society’s toughest challenges, whether it’s disease, poverty, energy or hunger. It provides both short- and long-term solutions in improving our global community.

For decades, Monsanto has been innovating to help farmers grow more food more efficiently, effectively, and safely.  We’ve spent a lot of time talking with farmers, but we haven’t done as much as we should to clearly share the stories around our innovations with the general public.

For example, take the … Full Article »

Transitioning Biotech Traits to “Generic Status” – RR1 Soybeans Featured Article

Monsanto is working with industry groups, in consultation with seed companies and farmer organizations, on mechanisms to transition proprietary biotech traits to so-called generic status to enable access to technology and farmer choice. 

This is a key issue in our industry right now, and the discussion has been generated in part by Monsanto’s first-generation Roundup Ready (“RR 1”) soybean trait because the last U.S. patent on that trait will expire in early 2015. Farmers and seed companies that want to continue to work with the trait will have to address the regulatory implications of that decision. 

Sustainability of Biotech Trait Full Article »

Progressive Farmer: “Can Traits Give More Crop Per Drop?” Featured Article

Recently, the University of Nebraska sponsored the 2012 Water for Food Conference. Attendees talked a lot about water, and drought, and drought traits now in development. According to a report by Progressive Farmer, three companies – Monsanto, Syngenta and Pioneer -talked about their latest research efforts.

The Progressive Farmer story, entitled “Can Traits Give More Crop Per Drop,” made these points, among others:

Corn can’t grow unaided by irrigation. “Drought is complex, and there is no miracle gene out there.”

Drought affects corn plants in complex ways.

The timing of a drought – when it happens in the growing season … Full Article »

PUBPAT Allegations Are False, Misleading and Deceptive

On Tuesday, the Public Patent Foundation, a legal services foundation aimed at changing U.S. patent law, filed suit against Monsanto on behalf of organic interests. We’ve briefly read the allegations of the PUBPAT suit and press statement and find many of these allegations to be false, misleading and deceptive.

Here are the facts:

  • It has never been, nor will it be Monsanto policy to exercise its patent rights where trace amounts of our patented seed or traits are present in farmer’s fields as a result of inadvertent means.

Biotechnology crops have provided a wealth of benefits to farmers and the … Full Article »