Monsanto Earns Recognition as 2017 Military Friendly Employer

Monsanto earned the recognition based on its commitment to hire and recruit talented veterans and military spouses.

Monsanto (No. 43 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) has been named a 2017 Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. Monsanto earned the recognition based on its commitment to hire and recruit talented veterans and military spouses.


Each year, the list of Military Friendly Employers is provided to service members and their families, helping them discover the best post-military career opportunities.

"It's very important for me to work for a company like Monsanto because they value and care about veterans. Monsanto appreciates our leadership, experience and the unique perspectives we bring to the company," said Michael Clements, a retired U.S. Marine Corps sergeant and Monsanto's global customer IT technology development and agronomy lead.

One way Monsanto invests in veterans is through its VANGUARD (Veterans and National Guard) employee business resource network that supports veterans, service members and family members through professional and personal development opportunities.

"It can be difficult for a veteran who has just left the military to adjust to a corporate environment," added Clements, who recently served as president of the VANGUARD network. "Here, veterans become connected to other veterans which provides a sense of community. They are working with people who can relate to their experiences, which in turn can be leveraged for the business."

"Companies that have earned the 2017 Military Friendly Employer designation have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful jobs for transitioning service members, veterans and spouses," said Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media. "Our Military Friendly employers have moved beyond answering 'why hire military?' They are aligning their jobs and recruiting efforts with Military Friendly® Schools to translate military competencies into civilian careers."

Monsanto will be featured with other 2017 Military Friendly Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and the January 2017 issue of Military Spouse Magazine and on militaryfriendly.com.

Companies receiving the Military Friendly Employer designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media's proprietary survey. More than 200 companies participated in the 2017 survey. Final ratings were determined by combining an organization's survey score with an assessment of the organization's ability to meet thresholds for applicant, new hire retention, employee turnover and promotion and advancement of veterans and military employees.

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Originally Published by Monsanto.

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"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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Originally Published by Monsanto.

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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.

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