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2012-05-28 02:21:04

DES MOINES, Iowa and CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred, one of the world's leading agricultural businesses, and Pannar Seed (Pty) Limited, a South African-based seed company with operations throughout Africa and other parts of the world, were today given approval to implement their agreement for Pioneer to purchase a majority share of Pannar. The South African Competition Appeal Court announced its approval of the transaction, overturning...

2012-05-23 02:22:53

ST. LOUIS, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsanto's (NYSE: MON) pipeline offers rich growth layers beyond breeding and biotechnology that add incremental growth opportunities going forward, Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley, Ph.D., told investors today at the Goldman Sachs Basic Materials Conference 2012. Fraley discussed new technologies with the potential to create real commercial value in Monsanto's pipeline, including the expansion of the Integrated Farming Systems...

2012-05-23 02:22:46

ST. LOUIS, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In line with its vision of delivering yield to farmers sustainably, Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) today announced it reached an agreement to purchase planting technology developer Precision Planting, Inc., a proven leader in improving yields through on-farm planting performance. The Precision Planting team will become part of Monsanto's Integrated Farming Systems unit, which utilizes advanced agronomic practices, seed genetics and innovative on-farm...

2012-05-18 02:21:25

ST. LOUIS, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsanto Company's (NYSE: MON) Chairman, President and CEO Hugh Grant today will announce the company's support of the New Vision for Agriculture Initiative, the Grow Africa Partnership and the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition through a $50 million commitment over the next ten years to support sustained Africa agricultural development and growth. The announcement is being made as part of a full-day symposium, Advancing Food and...

2012-05-16 06:22:24

ST. LOUIS, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsanto Company's (NYSE: MON) Chairman, President and CEO Hugh Grant and Robb Fraley, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief technology officer, will address investors with separate presentations later this month. At 7 a.m. central time (CT) Wednesday, May 23, Fraley will address investors at Goldman Sachs Basic Materials Conference. At 8 a.m. central time (CT) Wednesday, May 30, Grant will present at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Strategic...

2012-05-01 21:23:35

What might happen if droughts were predicted months ahead of time? Food aid and other humanitarian efforts could be put together sooner and executed better, say UC Santa Barbara geographers Chris Funk, Greg Husak, and Joel Michaelsen. After over a decade of gathering and analyzing climate and vegetation data from East Africa, the researchers, who are part of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET), say there is enough evidence to...

2012-04-12 22:26:42

Spring rains in the eastern Horn of Africa are projected to begin late this year and be substantially lower than normal. From March—May, the rains are expected to total only 60 to 85 percentage of the average rainfall in this region. This is a significant deterioration compared to earlier forecasts. Lower rain amounts would have significant impacts on crop production, rangeland regeneration for livestock, and replenishment of water resources. This would put greater stress on...

2012-04-12 13:08:40

Researchers focus on innovations to adapt agriculture to wild swings in climate extremes, as vividly manifested by Southeast Asia's catastrophic flood-drought cycles As Asia's monsoon season begins, leading climate specialists and agricultural scientists warned today that rapid climate change and its potential to intensify droughts and floods could threaten Asia's rice production and pose a significant threat to millions of people across the region. "Climate change endangers crop and...

2012-04-12 06:27:12

Grant to Support 4-H Volunteer Retention and Recruitment CHEVY CHASE, Md., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National 4-H Council has received a $500,000 donation from the Monsanto Company to drive the continued expansion of the National 4-H Volunteer Initiative. This grant will fund vital volunteer training programs and the development of new volunteer recruitment and retention strategies. The National 4-H Volunteer Initiative provides 4-H's network of more than...

2012-04-10 23:01:43

Research Expansion Boosts Agricultural Productivity, Leads to 400 Jobs DES MOINES, Iowa (PRWEB) April 09, 2012 DuPont opened a $40 million plant genetics research facility in Johnston today to further support its commitment to increasing agricultural productivity and food security worldwide. Approximately 400 new jobs will be created through the increased research and development capabilities housed in the 200,000 square foot state-of-the-art building. “Beaver Creek will take...