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Monsanto statement on discovery of glyphosate-tolerant wheat plants in Washington state Featured Article

Aug. 5, 2016, Update: The Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has announced that it has completed screening on 91 samples of wheat imported from the state of Washington.  According to the MFDS announcement, no transgenic wheat was detected.  This conclusion by the MFDS reinforces  the statement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that this was a very isolated incident and there is “no evidence of GE wheat in commerce.”  Of the samples screened by MFDS, 67 came from shipments imported prior to July 29 but held for screening prior to … Full Article »

Update to USDA Investigation of 2013 Oregon Detection of Genetically Engineered Wheat Featured Article

Today the USDA officially closed its investigation of the detection of Genetically Engineered (GE) wheat in Oregon with the conclusion that there was no GE wheat that had made it into commerce. There are also no food safety concerns associated with the GE wheat found in Oregon. See the full comments below.

USDA’s report is welcome news for U.S. wheat industry

Today’s report by the USDA affirms that no genetically modified wheat is in commerce and that the commercial seed and grain supply does not contain genetically modified wheat. This finding is supported by extensive testing by USDA, state universities, Monsanto and others. The … Full Article »

The Next Green Revolution

“Something is killing Ramadhani Juma’s cassava crop. ‘Maybe it’s too much water,’ he says, fingering clusters of withered yellow leaves on a six-foot-high plant. ‘Or too much sun.’ Juma works a small plot, barely more than an acre, near the town of Bagamoyo, on the Indian Ocean about 40 miles north of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On a rainy March morning, trailed by two of his four young sons, he’s talking with a technician from the big city, 28-year-old Deogratius Mark of the Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute. Mark tells Juma his problem is neither sun nor rain. The real cassava … Full Article »

The Next Generation of Plant Breeders and Leaders Featured Article

By Sandra Dunckel
MBBISP Scholar, Kansas State University

Sandra Dunckel
MBBISP Scholar, Kansas State University

The Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program (MBBISP) aims to develop the next generation of rice and wheat scientists, researchers, and breeders around the world. Sandra Dunkel, MBBISP Scholar and PhD candidate at Kansas State University reflects on the significance of MBBISP.

The MBBISP is a life-changing opportunity. It has enabled me to earn my Ph.D. in the United States, focus on my research, and work side-by-side with world-renowned scientists. It is a step toward embracing my passion for wheat breeding and sustainable agriculture.

My current … Full Article »

Our Best Teachers Featured Article

By Ted Crosbie
Integrated Farming Systems 

Ted Crosbie

Our best teachers continue to teach us long after the classroom and even after they have passed on.  The Dr. Borlaug I met as a graduate student and later came to know as Norm was a model teacher in that respect.  His drive to eliminate world hunger originated in his upbringing during the Great Depression and his firsthand view of the human condition in Mexico, India, and Pakistan during the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. His research lab was a field and his classroom was the global stage of the politics of … Full Article »

A Perfect Fit: Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program and Me Featured Article

By Sarah Battenfield
MBBISP Scholar
Kansas State University

Wheat farming and cattle ranching are my family’s business.  Some of my first memories involve going to our wheat field in Oklahoma and riding the combine with my dad.  From a very early age, I helped my grandmother cook for the harvesters in the field, and as soon as I could reach the pedals, I helped move equipment and operated tractors and combines.

My father wanted me to go to college and pursue any other career because, honestly, farming is hard.  He told me to remember the hard days of manual labor, … Full Article »

Yield Curves and Population Growth: What’s Driving Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program Featured Article

By Ed Runge
Texas A&M University

Last year’s class of Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars at the World Food Prize

Corn, wheat and rice are the world’s three most important staple crops.  Corn provides more calories in the developed world while wheat and rice provide more calories in the developing world.

These facts are simple to state, but they carry sweeping implications for the future of mankind.

Thanks to advanced breeding techniques, genetic modifications, and agronomic improvements, corn yields are growing faster than the world population growth rate of about 1.25 percent per year. That’s on top of the enormous improvements … Full Article »

Monsanto Commits an Additional $3 Million to Continue International Scholars Program Featured Article

Monsanto announced today that it is committing an additional $3 million to the Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program (MBBISP), funding the program through 2016.

Speaking to international students, academic advisors and agricultural leaders at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) Conference in Atlanta, Monsanto Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant announced the additional commitment to fund the program, focused on training the next generation of global rice and wheat breeders.

To date, the MBBISP program has supported 52 students from 21 different countries. With today’s additional commitment announcement of $3 million, Monsanto’s total program investment equals $13 million and … Full Article »

Monsanto Provides Validated Test Method for GM Wheat to Regulatory Authorities Featured Article

Monsanto reiterated its full support to the U.S. wheat industry and regulatory authorities in the United States and wheat importing countries following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s reported detection of the original Roundup Ready wheat trait, technically referred to as the MON71800 event, growing in a single unplanted field in Oregon.

Monsanto has provided a validated testing method for the original Roundup Ready wheat trait to the USDA, and, more recently, to government regulators in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the European Union as requested. The method will provide these governments with the opportunity to precisely and accurately test for the … Full Article »

Monsanto fully supports USDA and wheat industry, conducts investigation into reported GM wheat detection Featured Article

Monsanto noted it remains committed to working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. wheat industry to get to the bottom of the reported detection of Roundup Ready wheat earlier this week in a single field in Oregon.

The company is in the process of conducting its own investigation into the matter and is prepared to take actions once the investigation results are known to ensure that its farmer customers and the broader wheat industry remains strong.

In order to provide information on this reported detection, its own investigation, its wheat technology and wheat business, the company … Full Article »