Improving Lives Through Agriculture

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Improving Lives Through Agriculture

Monsanto Company is one of the world’s leading companies focused on sustainable agriculture. The company works with both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. This is an ongoing series about the company's work in agriculture around the world.

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The Future of Plant Breeding Depends on the Pipeline of Breeders
On the day that the Bayer acquisition of Monsanto was finalized, I was speaking at the 50th anniversary celebration of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics (PBPG) program – where I earned my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the 1980s. I found it somewhat ironic that on the day I returned to reflect...
Aug 3, 2018 11:05 AM ET
No More Shoes: A Different Perspective on Free-From Food Labeling
Imagine that some enterprising souls in the U.S. decide one day that shoes are bad, and begin drumming up support and waging communications campaigns to convince the country to go “Shoe free.” This is, of course, a ridiculous concept. We all know that shoes are a beneficial “tool” that make our lives better. They keep our feet warm in the winter and dry in the...
Aug 1, 2018 12:05 PM ET
How Machines Are Learning for Modern Agriculture
Arthur Samuel, an eccentric computer engineer at Stanford University, took part in what could be considered the most important game of checkers ever played. Arthur challenged the then reigning Connecticut state champion to match wits with a computer he programmed to play checkers.a The machine emerged victorious. ...
Jul 27, 2018 10:25 AM ET
Digital Fluency: An Intelligent Approach to A.I.
By Jim Swanson, Chief Information Officer, Monsanto Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is not the future. A.I. is the now, delivering real benefits for people and businesses today, in addition to holding extraordinary potential for accelerating innovation and creating even greater efficiencies down the road. At Monsanto, we recognize that the world of agriculture is being...
Jul 25, 2018 9:55 AM ET
Plant Breeders Turn to The Seed Library for Genetic Resources
Plant varieties come from a diverse set of seeds. When plant breeders need genetic resources, where do they go? The Seed Library! Our breeders use seeds from thousands of different plants in order to create new varieties that will help farmers around the world. The seed library contains genetic resources accumulted over the years, so researchers can use them to create new plant hybrids. Many...
Jul 17, 2018 10:00 AM ET