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Using Water More Efficiently in Peru

Ica, Peru, is in a large desert region located on the coast that has ideal weather conditions for crops to be grown year round. Exponential growth in agriculture...

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A Day at Planting

Planting is in full swing in North America. We followed a farmer in Illinois to tell his day-in-the-life story through photos at this important time of the year.

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Finding the Perfect Planting Window: The Evolution of Weather Forecast

Because outside factors, such as weather, affect the outcome of a crop, planning becomes a very integral part of the planting process, in an attempt to strategically manage the factors that a farmer can control. In the business of farming...

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Spring Planting Checklist

Over the next month, we’ll be highlighting topics that farmers take into consideration when gearing up for one of the most important seasons in agriculture. Seasons help many people determine what types of events to plan for—including holidays...

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ISAAA Releases 2013 Report on Biotech Crops

In February, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report on the global status of commercialized biotech crops. ISAAA is a not-for-profit organization with an international network of centers designed to contribute to the...

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Food For All: Grants that Feed Those in Need

This year, Monsanto is proudly supporting the National FFA Organization’s hunger initiative, Feeding Our World—Starting at Home.

This hunger initiative helps agriculture students understand the issues and effects of hunger and take action to support the human right...

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FFA: Students Buzzing for Bees through SAEs

One-third of the food you eat depends upon pollination, including almonds, apples, berries, cucumbers and melons. Through a joint effort between...

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FFA and Monsanto Providing Scholarships for Youth to Cultivate a Career in Agriculture

Agriculture is more than just farming—it’s thousands of careers in a variety of fields, including plant science, engineering, communications...

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Hunger Series III: Invest an Acre

In early spring of 2013, Iowa farmer Jon Studt and his wife, Judy, discovered a program for farmers that could help improve lives in their community, called Invest an Acre.

“I was watching an early Saturday morning agribusiness show, and they were discussing the program,” said Jon. “Since the program and our co-op work...

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Project Rise: Helping Farming Communities in India Produce More through Knowledge Sharing

Advances in technology and products are key to increasing productivity on the farm. In addition, certain practices can assist in optimizing the benefits of that technology.

Several years ago, cotton farmers in the state of Gujarat, India, faced a similar issue. Monsanto introduced Bollgard® and Bollgard II® technology, but most farmers were not applying the best agronomic practices...

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Hunger Series Part II: America’s Farmers Grow Communities

The needs of the needy in communities of all sizes range from clothing to money to pay bills. But the most important need for many is food.

“We have a lot of programs at our agency. The food pantry is most widely used,” said Annie Skowneski, Emergency Services case manager for the Community Action Food Pantry, supporting local areas near Orleans and...

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Hunger Series Part I: America’s Farmers Food Drive

According to Feeding America, one in six individuals in the United States is designated as being food insecure.

“It’s your neighbors, the people you work with, and sometimes, it is within your own family,” said Robin Murray, community services supervisor for Catholic Charities Food Pantry in Decatur, Ill...

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Thanksgiving Day: From the Farm to Your Table

When Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, the celebrations can range from the more serious, such as celebrating the peace between the Pilgrims and Native American Indians and the harvest that brought an abundance of food, to the not-so-serious, such as watching football and...

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Sweet Corn Project Helps Farmers Share Their Stories

According to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, today’s consumers are three to four generations removed from the farm.

Sarah Wilson, North Dakota farmer, explained that this fact is a highly impactful reason in why she “ag-vocates.”...

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Farm Tours Help Connect Consumers with a Family Farm

Consumers have a growing interest in food production. Organizations and companies are answering the call by providing resources through programs and grant support. The Monsanto Fund, for example, has provided grants to organizations that want to grow urban gardens...

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Monsanto Company and the Monsanto Fund Help Fight Hunger through the Hands of Farmers

It might be hard to believe that one of your neighbors may be going to bed hungry, especially while living in a country full of crop fields or near towns that provide weekly farmers’ markets. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), over 50 million Americans live with food insecurity...

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Community Engagement Helped to Reduce Child Labor in India

In India today, many children, living near our business partners’ fields in rural areas of the Karnataka, Gujarat and Gadwal regions, spend most of their time in school, engaged in lessons A few years ago, at least 20 percent of those same children would have spent the entire day walking cotton fields....

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Developing a "Community 4 Conservation"

“Community 4 Conservation” was the theme for this year’s Conservation Technology Information Center’s (CTIC) annual Conservation in Action Tour (CIAT), which provides a first-hand look at community efforts of conservation practices through demonstrations, research and on-site farm tours. The event is held in a different area each year...

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Impactful Careers: Think Agriculture

Developing a successful career in a field that inspires you can be an incredibly rewarding experience. If you were to design your perfect job, it would most likely include interesting, exciting work that motivates and inspires you every day...

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CTIC Celebrates 30 Years

Thirty years ago, conservation tillage had started to take hold, and it needed a stronger advocacy voice to promote the practices and benefits of reduced erosion and water runoff.  Farmers and the agricultural industry joined to form the Conservation Tillage Information Center to help farmers.....

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Improving Lives. Addressing Root Causes.

The Monsanto Fund released its 2010-2011 Monsanto Fund Report in early November. The report contains several feature stories that showcase how the Monsanto Fund’s contributions have helped to improve lives by providing access to resources like agricultural training, water and....

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Global Harvest Initiative's 2012 GAP Report

On October 17, the Global Harvest Initiative(GHI) released its 2012 Global Agricultural Productivity Report ® (GAP Report®) at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa....

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Feeding the World

The Economist conference on Feeding the World: Asia’s prospect of plenty takes place on September 27, 2012 in Hong Kong. Monsanto is participating in this inaugural event. We are committed to working with farmers around the world...

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Responding To Drought In East Africa

In the Horn of Africa, the worst drought in 60 years foretold comprehensive famine in 2011. By the time the United Nations declared the first famine in nearly 30 years, more than 13 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda needed food...

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Changing Can Be Challenging

Change is difficult. Changing behavior, processes and technology along an entire supply chain and keeping all the players satisfied can be close to impossible...

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Bollgard Cotton: Improving Cotton and Lives Around the World

Fifteen years ago, Bollgard® cotton technology became the first product in the marketplace to provide built-in protection against bollworm pests. This means reduced pesticide sprays, reduced costs and increased yields for farmers...

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Better Farming Practices Help Improve Lives of Kenyan Women Farmers

The challenges are daunting for farmers in Ngorano, Kenya: lack of fertilizer, poor quality seeds, inconsistent water availability and rudimentary knowledge of agronomic practices. Monsanto employee Zellipah Githui knows the world of subsistence farming all too well...

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Helping Farmers Recover From Catastrophic Frost in Sinaloa, Mexico

Located east of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, between the Gulf of California and the mountain spurs of the Sierra Madre Occidental, the fertile Sinaloa valley in Mexico produces 25 percent of Mexico’s annual corn crop, which is 50 percent of the corn used for tortillas, Mexico’s main food source...

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Cotton Farmers Produce More in India’s Vidarbha Region

Vidarbha, located in Maharashtra region in central India, is famous for producing cotton, oranges and soybeans. Crops are predominantly rain fed. And when the region endures frequent droughts, the crop yields and farmers’ incomes drop...

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Conserving Water Through Fontanelle’s Aqua View Initiative

Calling the Aqua View system the best ROI on the farm is a sentiment echoed by many irrigation farmers in the water-challenged regions of Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. With limited rainfall and water restrictions, these farmers increasingly require a system that maximizes water use and customizes the seeds and planting to their specific needs...

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