Monsanto Company Receives Gulf Guardian Award for Mississippi River Watershed
ST. LOUIS, June 27, 2013
ST. LOUIS, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At a ceremony last night in Tampa
Bay, Fla., the Gulf of Mexico Program recognized Monsanto Company with the
First Place 2013 Gulf Guardian Award in the Business/Industry Category for the
company's Mississippi River Watershed Partnership. The Gulf of Mexico Program
applauded the efforts of Monsanto and its partners for their efforts in
environmental stewardship for the benefit of the Gulf of Mexico.
"On behalf of the company, our employees and the farmers and partners involved
in the Mississippi River Watershed Partnership, we are honored to receive this
Gulf Guardian Award," said Jerry Steiner, executive vice president of
sustainability and corporate affairs for Monsanto. "This partnership is a good
example of working together to continually improve farming and conservation in
the Mississippi River Watershed so that nature and people benefit from
improved water quality and enhanced wildlife habitat."
The Gulf of Mexico Program began in 1988 to protect, restore, and maintain the
health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in economically
sustainable ways. The Gulf of Mexico Program is underwritten by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and is a non-regulatory, inclusive consortium
of state and federal government agencies and representatives of the business
and agricultural community, fishing industry, scientists, environmentalists
and community leaders from all five Gulf States. The Gulf of Mexico Program
seeks to improve the environmental health of the Gulf in concert with economic
The Mississippi River Watershed Partnership aimed to reduce nutrient runoff
and sediment movement into the largest river system in the United States.
Monsanto contributed a total of $5 million in financial support to
agricultural and conservation groups—Delta Wildlife, The National Audubon
Society and The Nature Conservancy—that worked with farmers and urban areas to
help reduce runoff into the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Nature Conservancy and Delta Wildlife worked collaboratively with farmers
to remove nutrients and sediment from agricultural runoff in the Mississippi
River Basin. The National Audubon Society worked with homeowners and others to
implement measuresthat can improve wildlife habitat and the quality of water
entering the Mississippi River.
Highlights from the Mississippi River Watershed Partnership include:
oDelta Wildlife and Mississippi farmers installed 1,000 water control
structures, which prevent 20,000 pounds of nitrogen, 10,000 pounds of
phosphorous and 9,000 tons of sediment from entering the Gulf of Mexico
oThe Nature Conservancy worked with local partners and agricultural
producers 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 measures and practices in agricultural
landscapes that addresses nutrient and sediment runoff. Examples of
precision conservation include the use of cover crops, strip tillage,
bioreactors, no-till farming and installing grass waterways.
oThe National Audubon Society designed and installed nine rain garden
demonstration sites in six states across the Mississippi River Basin that
highlight best practices for residential and commercial landscape markets.
The demonstration sites host more than 1 million visitors annually.
The Gulf of Mexico Program initiated the Gulf Guardian Awards in 2000 as a way
to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals and
agencies that are taking positive steps to help keep the Gulf healthy,
beautiful and productive. First, second and third place awards are given in
seven categories: (1) individual, (2) business/industry, (3) youth
environmental education, (4) civic/nonprofit organizations, (5) cultural
diversity/environmental justice, (6) partnership and (7) bi-national efforts.
Monsanto's work with water use and agriculture is primarily focused in three
areas: (1) education and research, (2) products and (3) partnerships. More
information on the company's work within these three focused areas and the
Mississippi River Watershed Partnership is available at:
In April, Monsanto was named one of CR Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens
for 2013. Monsanto has been included on the magazine's ranking of corporate
responsibility performance of major U.S. companies four times. First published
in 1999, the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list ranks large-cap Russell 1000
companies based on publicly available information in seven key categories:
climate change, employee relations, environmental, financial, governance,
human rights and philanthropy.
To learn more about Monsanto's sustainable agriculture projects around the
world, please see the recently released Monsanto 2012 Sustainability Report at
sustainability.monsanto.com or visit www.monsanto.com/improvingagriculture.
About Monsanto Company
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions
and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.
Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers
to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural
resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our
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