Monsanto Soda Springs supports the communities in which its employees live and work. Here are examples:
- Greenhouses at local schools: Monsanto Fund grants and the donation of materials has helped construct greenhouses for the vocational agricultural programs at Soda Springs High School and Preston High School.
- FFA: Monsanto is a consistent supporter of southeast Idaho FFA chapters. Contributions range from underwriting FFA annual banquets, to providing a matching scholarship for local DeKalb FFA Award winners. The Monsanto Fund even purchased a new and safe-operating metalworking machine for the North Gem High School vocational agriculture program.
- Astronauts in the Classroom: An innovative fourth-grade program introduces elementary school students in Soda Springs to space exploration and the workings of the NASA astronaut corps. Employees volunteer to help teachers at special assemblies, and the program receives grant support from the Monsanto Fund, often to underwrite a visit to the school by a U.S. astronaut.
- Know Your Government: Monsanto sponsors the annual 4-H program to help high school students in Idaho learn first-hand about state legislation, the office of the Governor, and state courts.
- Fighting Meth: Monsanto was the first company in Idaho to step forward with a commitment to help educate youth about the risks of methamphetamine in rural communities. The Idaho Meth campaign is patterned after a similar and highly successful program in Montana.
- Jobs Training: Monsanto goes the extra mile to see that local southeast Idaho job applicants have the training and skills to get jobs both at Monsanto and with other area employers. The company underwrites “Women & Work” Conferences, participates in local technology expositions, provides mock interview and career planning courses to local high schools, and hosts tours of our facilities for local career classes. Special Idaho State University welding scholarships were recently provided to help make this skill more available to women and minority students. And the Plant has a long history of supporting the Idaho Society of Women Engineers with contributions to the their popular scholarship program.