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Ghent university and Bayer partner to improve soil health on farms

To improve agriculture in Europe sometimes you have to reach out and touch someone. From 29 June to 1 July 2016, agriculture and life sciences company Bayer put on its annual Forward Farming event, on a farm just outside Brussels in Belgium, to showcase a plethora of digital farm practices and technologies to invited guests. One was a joint university and Bayer project to scan the soil with digital tools to help a farmer work more efficiently and ecologically.

This two-minute video shows how precision farming helps farmer Jacob farm better and more ecologically in the Netherlands.

To be clear this story has nothing to do with the fact Bayer is trying to buy us. Monsanto also sees a future in precision farming as supported by our investment in the Climate Corporation back in 2013 and our...

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AquaTEK helps farmers save water, energy & time (EN/IT)

Millions undernourished today. A growing population. Fierce competition for fresh water. A finite and shrinking supply of arable land. Climate change with increasingly unpredictable weather. New insects and pathogens. That’s the situation farmers face today, and one that challenges us all as long as we aspire to eat.

Monsanto can’t solve all the world’s challenges, but one thing we can do is work together with farmers and others to help make agriculture more efficient so we can reduce pressure on the natural resources we have left.

One of our flagship partnerships in Europe is AquaTEK®, which began as a three-year collaboration with Israeli drip irrigation experts at Netafim, the University of Milan and HydroBio, and is now a successful commercial offer popular with farmers in Italy’s Po ...

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Why do farmers use glyphosate? A picture speaks a thousand words


By Brandon Mitchener

The current public discussion about glyphosate–the main active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular Roundup® herbicide–has many people who aren’t experts in agriculture asking ‘Why do farmers need to use weed killers anyway?’

The Romanian Farm Progress Show underway this week demonstrates why in a simple, visual way. Three plots in parallel strips among the maize fields of western Romania show what happens when no herbicides are used side by side with strips in which herbicides were applied using different techniques.

The most common use of Roundup® in Romania and many other countries is what’s called “stubble treatment”, in which the herbicide is applied after the harvest to kill any weeds that remain and allow the farmer to replant in the same field without having to p...

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AquaTEK precision farming project will help make maize production more sustainable (IT/ES)

By Rachel Moore

An excellent product does not always mean an excellent process. Food “made in Italy” is one of the undisputed jewels of the country, but there is ample room for improvement in the fields.

“Italian agriculture, and in particular maize production, is not making full use of the innovations made available by technology,” said Federico Bertoli, the commercial director of Monsanto Italy. Bertoli presented the AquaTEK water conservation project at the Milan EXPO workshop organised by the National Research Council on 1 July at the Italy Pavilion.

The project, focused on water conservation in cropping systems, began in 2013 as a public-private partnership between Monsanto Italy, Netafim and the University of Milan...

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ARC approves drought-tolerant maize trait for South Africa

By Rachel Moore

On 19 June, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) announced the authorisation of new drought-tolerant maize trait MON 87460 in the Republic of South Africa. The trait was originally licensed by Monsanto as part of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project, which has been in a public-private partnership with the ARC since 2008.

Dr Kingstone Mashingaidze, Research Team Manager, Plant Breeding and Country Coordinator of the WEMA project in South Africa, called the authorisation “a significant step forward” in the “fight against food shortages” that plague smallholder farmers. “The ARC, with its WEMA partners, is excited to bring this new drought trait to the market for smallholder farmers royalty-free in South Africa,” he said.

WEMA farmerThe ARC previously launched two ...

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Hungry for Change – Why does chronic hunger still exist in 2015? – Encore la faim – Pourquoi la faim chronique existe-t-elle encore en 2015?

For many of us, thankfully, hunger is not an everyday reality we face, however for approximately 795 million people worldwide, chronic hunger is not only daily reality, but also–tragically–the future.

On 27 May, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) released its annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report. The results are startling and saddening. What is even more unsettling is the fact that the 795-million figure is seen as triumph. 25 years ago, one billion people were suffering from starvation. How jubilant can we be, though, when such a large number of people still go hungry every day? José Graziano da Silva, the director general of the FAO, stated that the “near achievement” of the Millenium Development Goals was a step in the right direction...

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Monsanto publishes 2014 Sustainability Report

Monsanto today released its latest Sustainability Report, a 168-page report prepared in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

Since announcing its first sustainability commitment framework in 2008, the company has advanced its three sustainability principles: (1) improving the lives of farmers, workers and communities, (2) producing enough food to make a balanced meal accessible to all, and (3) conserving Earth’s resources and preserving the natural environment.

“When it comes to growing food, members of the food value chain have a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to advance sustainable agriculture,” said Jesus Madrazo, Monsanto’s Vice President of Corporate Engagement...

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On World Water Day, thinking about ways to conserve and protect it

Today is International World Water Day.   Initiated by the United Nations in 1993, it was established as a means of focusing the world’s attention- if for only one day- on the global importance of fresh water.  It’s been held every year since, every 22nd March. This year, the theme is Water and Sustainable Development – two issues that we at Monsanto are very passionate about.

A few facts about water:

-          According to the UN, today, 748 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.

-          Between the years 2000 and 2050, the UN estimates that global demand for water for industrial production will have grown by 400%.

-          To produce a calorie of food requires a litre of water

World Water Day Collage 2015At...

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Antwerp plant earns gold medal for water stewardship (in EN & NL)


Monsanto site in Antwerp first company in Flanders to obtain a gold level EuropeanWater Stewardship certificate

Monsanto Co’s Antwerp site is the first company in Flanders to receive a gold level European Water Stewardship certificate. The certificate acknowledges Monsanto’s expertise in sustainable water management. This award strengthens the Antwerp facility’s leadership role in the Port of Antwerp in terms of water management. Monsanto has been investing for years in innovative technology to guarantee efficient and high quality water management. In the coming years, Monsanto will continue to invest in sustainable water use, with the ultimate objective to innovate wastewater treatment for acceptable reuse on-site.

A first for Monsanto’s ...

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Reducing water use to help Italian farmers produce more with less

1939960_230197530521981_187590912_nAs part of our work to help farmers produce food in a more sustainable way, we have been working with farmers to develop systems that improve efficiency in the use of natural resources.

One of these projects is AquaTEK™ Launched in 2013, AquaTEK is an irrigation water management system developed as a partnership with our DEKALB seed team to help Italian corn farmers increase efficiency in the use of water, energy and land, by maximising production and reducing the consumption of water and fuel.   We wrote about this system on the blog earlier in the year, and Italian readers have been following the progress of the system on the AquaTEK (Italian language) blog here. You can also read more about the system here and check out our videos about the AquaTEK project (in several languages) on ...

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