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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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A Summer at Monsanto Featured Article

By Kassie Curran
Summer Intern

Have you ever taken an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone? I can think of many times where I have taken opportunities like this, and they’ve always ended up being significant growth experiences with lasting benefits. I remember the first time I went to a livestock judging contest when I was 7 years old – I was terrified because I wasn’t fully prepared for what I was getting into, but after 12 years of livestock judging I had countless experiences that taught me critical thinking, confidence, hard work, and a love for challenge. … Full Article »

Safety is priority No. 1 for Monsanto’s seasonal workers Featured Article

By Al Henderson
Seed Site Manager, Grinnell, Iowa

Some people spend their careers in an office.  I’ve spent most of mine in a field.  For the past 30 years, I’ve managed our corn seed production site in Grinnell, Iowa.  That means every summer, I’m out in the field as our crews walk the rows to detassel corn plants.

For those not familiar with hybrid corn, detasseling is a critical step as we work to make the highest quality corn hybrids for our farmers.  It’s as simple as pulling the tassels out of the top of corn plants, and Monsanto typically … Full Article »

Monsanto Philippines Recognized for Workplace Practices Featured Article

Monsanto Philippines’ Country Lead Sandro Rissi receives the award from Bonar Laureto, Executive Director of Philippine Business for the Environment – the Global Network Partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Monsanto recently received a special recognition for workplace practices from Global Initiatives (GI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which launched the Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) Philippines 2014.

The SBA Awards recognizes best practices and leadership in sustainable business among national and multinational companies in the Philippines. The winners were announced at a gala dinner and awarding ceremony at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati.

Monsanto participated in the awards process … Full Article »

Where Do You Work? Part III Featured Article

By Brendan Hinchey
Corn Transformation Team

Well, I am still out there, facing outward even a little more, and still trying the live the “I work for Monsanto mantra.”  And in the last if the “Where do you work?” trilogy, I wanted to share a short story that shows how it can go full circle.

Last weekend was a bit of an event in Mystic, Connecticut, as March Against Monsanto got some coverage and over passionate 100 protesters.  And on Memorial Day weekend, should we assume they didn’t make the cut for the family cookout?  The Saturday protest got a … Full Article »

What Monsanto’s Attic Says About Our People Featured Article

One of the more unusual parts of my job at Monsanto is managing the corporate archives. I have some help here – the archives are catalogued, sorted and stored at a local university in St. Louis. But most of what lands in the archives passes through my office, and my office often resembles an estate sale before the sales agent has everything organized.

At times I feel like I’m working in Monsanto’s attic.

Family members of deceased retirees often bring envelopes and boxes of materials for the archives, and sorting through them and determining what gets stored is often an … Full Article »

Monsanto Named One of Best Multinational Workplaces in Latin America Featured Article

The Great Place to Work® Institute has again named Monsanto as one of the Best Multinational Workplaces in Latin America, ranking number 13. Monsanto was recognized for the success of its operations in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Guatemala. Last year, Monsanto placed number 18 on the list.

Monsanto was selected for from a group of 2,094 qualifying multinational corporations. To be eligible to participate, multinationals must have been recognized in at least three national lists of Latin America in the past year; have at least 1,000 employees worldwide; and have at minimum of 40 percent of total employees working outside … Full Article »

Monsanto Asia-Pacific Noted for Best Workplace Practices Featured Article

Monsanto Asia-Pacific won Bronze for ‘Best Workplace Practices’ at the 6th Annual Global CSR Summit & Awards 2014, held in Bali, Indonesia this month. The award recognized company’s purpose-driven, collaborative, grassroots culture; career growth & development approach & opportunities;  a well-built commitment to diversity; employee communications platforms; rewards & recognitions programs – which enable employees  to create shared value with farmers & society around improving agriculture, improves lives.

Monsanto Indonesia’s Rosalina Syahriar and Herry Kristanto at the Summit.

Three hundred companies were nominated for this year’s awards. Starhub Singapore won Platinum for Best Workplace Practices, and other winners included Maybank Asia … 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 »

Monsanto China Named Great Place to Work Featured Article

Monsanto China has been selected as one of the Best Companies to Work For in Greater China in 2013.

This award is developed by the Great Place to Work Institute® to recognize companies in the Greater China Area which put dedicated efforts in creating the best working environment.

In 2009 and 2011, Monsanto China was named one of the Best Companies to Work For in China by Towers Watson and Fortune Magazine. Being on the list of Best Companies for the third consecutive time is an extraordinary recognition of Monsanto China Team.

A total of 51 companies with around 100,000 … Full Article »

Helping Planet Money Make a T-Shirt – Part 2 Featured Article

Recently, NPR’s Planet Money aired a program on how to make a t-shirt, and two Monsanto employees helped provide background and information on the fiber that most t-shirts are made of – cotton. You can watch the Planet Money program here.

We asked both employees some questions about cotton and working at Monsanto. Yesterday, we featured cotton breeder Cindy Green. Today, scientist Brian Martinell talks about cotton and working at Monsanto.

By Brian Martinell
Agricultural Scientist

What would you like the people who buy this t-shirt to know about you?

I’m an agricultural scientist for Monsanto. I’ve spent … Full Article »