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Monsanto

The Earth’s growing population presents real challenges for making food accessible to everyone while protecting the environment. By acting now, we can help ensure that, moving forward, we all have the vital resources we need to thrive. The Nature Conservancy and Monsanto are working together to improve the sustainability of agricultural resources in North America, Latin America and Africa.

Our organizations are currently partnering on:

  • Helping U.S. farmers use fewer resources and have a smaller impact on the environment through participation in multi-stakeholder collaborations. These include the Soil Health Partnership and the Keystone Field to Market Alliance.
  • Modelling the implications of climate change and infrastructure development on agriculture in Tanzania, as part of an expert Conservancy-led workgroup.
  • Exploring how precision agriculture could evolve and the implications for soil conservation and water management in the Cerrado region of Brazil.

Monsanto has supported for The Nature Conservancy for years. In 2009, the company made a substantial contribution to The Nature Conservancy’s Campaign for a Sustainable Planet to advance the conservation of the Mississippi River and several of its tributaries. With Monsanto’s help, the Conservancy conducted a three-year conservation pilot program to improve water quality in four watersheds in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. This work was carried out by the Conservancy’s Great Rivers Partnership and Mississippi River Program.

Through these initiatives, the Conservancy worked with local partners and farmers in the Root River in Minnesota, the Pecatonica River in Wisconsin, the Boone River in Iowa and the Mackinaw River in Illinois to implement precision conservation practices in agricultural settings that address nutrient and sediment runoff and quantify the effectiveness of this approach. The Conservancy also sought to understand which conservation techniques work best in larger sub-watersheds and how to best use and share these techniques with farmers. The goal was to help guide farm stewardship decisions and ultimately improve water quality in the Mississippi River.

Monsanto is also a member of the Conservancy's Business Council

For a full report on Monsanto and the Conservancy’s efforts thus far, read the corporate case study about our results.


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