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The Future of Plant Breeding Depends on the Pipeline of Breeders

Written By Bob Reiter
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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.

No More Shoes: A Different Perspective on Free-From Food Labeling

Written By Rob Fraley
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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 rain. They keep us from burning our feet on hot pavement or stepping on sharp objects like broken glass. They prevent the rampant spread of the dreaded foot fungus.

Digital Fluency: An Intelligent Approach to A.I.

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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 transformed by data science, and A.I. is a major part of that.

How Machines Are Learning for Modern Agriculture

Machine learning applications in farming today
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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.

Beyond the Smart City

IoT, Automation, and Machine Learning on Today’s Modern Farm
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The bright lights of the big city aren’t as bright as they used to be, because they’re getting smarter. Street lights in cities like San Diego are turning off, and conserving energy, when vehicles and pedestrians aren’t nearby.

Monsanto Advances Key Sustainability Initiatives

Press Release

ST. LOUIS, July 12, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Monsanto Company today reported substantial progress on a host of sustainability commitments and programs in the areas of climate-smart agriculture practices, water quality, biodiversity, food security and operational efficiencies. 

The Agricultural Community Is Buzzing to Protect the Bees

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If you eat, you need bees. In fact, one in three bites of our food relies on honey bee pollination. This, naturally, means that farmers rely on honey bee pollination. With increasing food demands due to population growth, we all need modern agriculture to be successful. That success requires healthy honey bee colonies.  

We Can’t Afford Simplistic, Binary Thinking When It Comes to Food Production

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As head of R&D for a major vegetable seed company, I get to travel around the world to meet with farmers and many other veggie-loving stakeholders from across the food chain. Thanks to events hosted by our seed brands, De Ruiter and Seminis, I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with vegetable suppliers, grocery retailers, restaurateurs, renowned chefs, food writers/bloggers, and other stakeholders.

Farming Up: Modern Biology Will Maximize the Potential of Vertical Controlled-Environment Agriculture

Written by: John Purcell Vice President, Global R&D Lead at Monsanto
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I recently had the opportunity to participate in a workshop on Vertical Farming as a pre-summit event at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco. I had the pleasure of joining key leaders from this promising new industry to discuss the role that plant science and technological innovations may play in optimizing yields and delivering valuable products.

Monsanto and Iowa State Partner to Improve Water Quality

Press Release

ST. LOUISJune 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Monsanto Company, along with its subsidiary, The Climate Corporation, today announced a partnership with the Iowa State University (ISU) Department of Agronomy to create an infrastructure project designed to monitor water quality and downstream nitrate loss.

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