The Climate Corporation's CEO Mike Stern Named 2017 Agribusiness Leader of the Year

Stern positions company as catalyst for next major wave of agricultural innovation.

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) named Mike Stern, CEO of The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company (No. 43 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list), as the 2017 Agribusiness Leader of the Year.


This agriculture industry award recognizes outstanding leadership in private, public or academic service. It is conferred each year to a senior agribusiness executive who exemplifies excellence in agribusiness, and has also made significant contributions to the industry. The Agribusiness Leader of the Year award is NAMA's highest honor.

Stern embodies the spirit of the award through his understanding of the challenges farmers face and his passion for solving agriculture's most pressing issue: the need to feed a growing population while minimizing the impact on the environment. Stern and his team are on the forefront of solving this problem through digital agriculture, which holds the potential to unlock the next giant leap in farming productivity and efficiency.

Through the combination of seamless connectivity of farm data, real-time data visualization and insights driven by advanced data science, Climate is helping farmers gain a deeper understanding of their fields with its Climate FieldView™ digital agriculture platform. These tools are already making a significant difference for farmers across the United States and other areas around the globe, helping improve their efficiency in managing seeding and planting, fertility and crop health, and ultimately supporting all of the key decisions they make each year to optimize crop productivity.

Since joining Climate in 2014, Stern has guided the company's growth from serving 35 million crop acres to more than 100 million acres. In less than two growing seasons, the Climate FieldView platform has quickly become the most broadly connected platform in the United States. Under Stern's leadership, the Climate FieldView platform has continued to expand into new, global regions, including recent expansion into Canada and Brazil.

In November 2016, the company acquired VitalFields, a European farm management software company based in Tallinn, Estonia, marking Climate's first step into the European market. The company plans to bring the Climate FieldView platform to Europe, South Africa, Australia and Argentina over the next few years.

Most recently, the Climate FieldView platform was selected by the Business Intelligence Group as one of five Chairman's Choice winners of the 2017 BIG Innovation Awards, signifying Climate FieldView as one of the top five product innovations of 2017.

To further Climate's commitment to advancing innovation, the company unveiled the most robustdigital agriculture research and development pipeline in January 2017, to continue providing farmers new digital technologies to help them better understand field variability and customize their agronomic practices to get the most out of every acre.

For more information about The Climate Corporation and the Climate FieldView platform, visit www.climate.com.

Monsanto Company Awards $500,000 Grant to T-REX to Support New Resource Center for Geospatial Innovation

Currently more than 200 small companies and start-ups are housed at T-REX, which is also located about two miles away from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency construction site.

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In its continued support of geospatial innovation, Monsanto Company has awarded a $500,000 grant to T-REX, a St. Louis based non-profit business and technology incubator to support the creation of a new Geospatial Resource and Innovation Center.

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Monsanto and 2Blades Foundation Collaborate to Combat Devastating Soybean Disease


"Collaboration with industry is vital to ensure that new discoveries made in the lab can lead to innovations that will prevent crop losses caused by plant disease," said Dr. Peter van Esse, leader of the 2Blades Research Group at TSL.

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Monsanto Company and charitable organization 2Blades Foundation (2Blades) have formed a new collaboration to discover novel sources of genetic resistance to Asian soybean rust (ASR). 2Blades will deliver resistance genes in further collaboration with The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL, Norwich, UK), the leading global institute for research on plant-pathogen interactions, and the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), a leading university in agricultural sciences in Brazil.

Asian soybean rust, a disease caused by the fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi, results in yellowing and browning of soybean leaves and can lead to premature senesence and significant yield loss. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), P. pachyrhizi has spread rapidly and causes yield losses from 10 to 80% in Argentina, Asia, Brazil, Paraguay, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.1

"Asian soybean rust is an ugly and expensive disease that can devastate farmers' harvests," said Jeremy Williams, Monsanto's biotechnology and ag productivity innovation lead. "Current fungicide treatments can provide some control, but farmers need more tools – and the 2Blades research could help provide a durable solution as part of an integrated pest-management system."

2Blades' mission is to contribute to global food security by developing crops with long-lasting resistance to pathogens in order to reduce losses due to disease. By working with world-leading plant scientists, 2Blades seeks to discover new sources of disease resistance in nature and transfer them into important crops to extend the breadth of their immune system and secure yields.

"Collaboration with industry is vital to ensure that new discoveries made in the lab can lead to innovations that will prevent crop losses caused by plant disease," said Dr. Peter van Esse, leader of the 2Blades Research Group at TSL. "It is therefore exciting to see that our scientific expertise and knowledge on plant-microbe interactions will be combined with Monsanto's capacity to deliver solutions to farmers to tackle a key challenge in soybean cultivation."

"The management of soybean rust requires the integration of different approaches, including disease resistance. This collaboration will allow us to use cutting-edge technologies to speed up the identification of new resistance genes that can be used to deliver more sustainable solutions to soybean farmers, reducing the environmental and economic impact of ASR," said Prof. Sérgio H. Brommonschenkel at UFV.

In January 2017, Monsanto, 2Blades and The Sainsbury Laboratory announced a collaboration focused on tackling corn disease complexes such as stalk and ear rots that have the potential to significantly reduce yield. That research is ongoing and is independent of this new collaboration.

The ASR collaboration complements Monsanto's work to expand the global crop protection toolbox while enabling farmers to produce more with less of an impact on the environment. 2Blades retains rights to deploy new leads arising from the program in crops for smallholder farmers in the least developed countries, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Soybean is a crop of significant and increasing importance in Africa, with extraordinary nutritional, soil, and economic benefits. However, the presence of ASR throughout the African continent is a major factor limiting production.

Monsanto: Mark Edge on WEMA, the Fall Armyworm and farmers in Africa

Mark Edge, Director of Collaborations for Developing Countries at Monsanto, talks about WEMA, the initiative that uses Bt maize to eradicate a harmful pest and help smallholder farmers in Africa.

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By Mark Edge

Originally Published by Monsanto.

My work at Monsanto over the years has offered me many new challenges – lately I'm working with a team on the complex issue of helping smallholder farmers in Africa get better seed to help them manage the threats to their maize crops.

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