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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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Monsanto Canada “carrot crew” harvest carrots for food bank Featured Article

By John Lynch and Ruth Thurston

Whose hang up is it, anyway?

On September 19 a team of nine Monsanto Canada employees – our entire governmental and regulatory affairs group in Ottawa, ON – got out of the office and got our hands dirty picking carrots for the Ottawa Food Bank. It feels really good to say that now, not only because we accomplished something together, but also because for a while we wondered if it would happen.

We originally identified this opportunity in the summer. Through the Monsanto Fund, Monsanto Canada supports the Ontario Association of Food Banks’ Community … Full Article »

Digging Into Vegetables from Seed to Supermarket to Saute Pan Featured Article

By Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds

“I just ate 400 tomatoes!” Eat tomatoes, we did…along with so much more. We had the pleasure to host a group of food and nutrition professionals who got “hands-on” at our Vegetable Seeds Research and Development headquarters in Woodland, California. As a food and nutrition professional myself, specifically as a registered dietitian/nutritionist now working in an agricultural company, I was so excited to share more about what we are working on everyday to make sure vegetables are not only available but also appealing to us all.

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Monsanto Completes Expansion at Vegetable Seed Research Headquarters Featured Article

Monsanto announced today the completion of a $31 million expansion at the company’s vegetable seed research headquarters in Woodland, California.  The expansion, which included the building of a 90,000 square-foot state-of-the-art laboratory and office building, makes the location Monsanto’s primary site for molecular breeding of vegetable seeds.  The expansion, unveiled today during a special open house, also makes Woodland’slab the largest of its kind in the world for vegetable seed health testing.

“The space and resources this expansion brings to Woodland will allow us to increase our research and help farmers everywhere grow more new, exciting products for the world’s … Full Article »

tomatoes on the vine

An Afternoon with Meg & “Doug the Tomato Dude” Featured Article

A month or so ago, I spent a couple of days with members of our Vegetables team in California. It was a great change in pace from being in the office — having a chance to talk at length with people who spend their days looking for ways to improve fruits and vegetables for farmers and eaters like me. An added bonus was that I met Megan Brown, a sixth generation rancher from Chico, California that I’d been talking with on Twitter for more than two years. (See how happy we were to finally meet each other?) 

As somewhat early adopters of using … Full Article »

Video: Passionate About Cucumbers

Nischit Shetty is a breeder with Seminis, the Monsanto global vegetable seeds brand for open field crops. He breeds pickling and slicing cucumbers.

Nischit provide insights into the various stakeholders for cucumbers – such as pickle manufacturers for whom he needs to develop vegetable products to precise specifications – as well as his commitment to continuing the important sustainable agriculture work of fighting disease in vegetables.

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