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Agriculture
8:23 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Mississippi farmers denied new trial in Monsanto suit

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A federal judge has denied a motion for a new trial from a north Mississippi company sued by Missouri-based Monsanto for saving seeds from one harvest and planting them the following season.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mills ruled this week that Mitchell and Eddie Scruggs owe Monsanto Co. $6.3 million damages as a jury found in 2010. Prejudgment interest dating back to 2000 has increased the amount to $8.9 million.

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Business
8:47 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Monsanto breaking ground on Chesterfield project

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A $400 million expansion announced by Monsanto in April is starting in earnest with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Chesterfield research center site.

The agricultural products company says it expects to bring 675 new jobs to the region over the next three years.

Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to join Monsanto officials at the ceremony Tuesday, just as he did when the company first unveiled the project at an international biotechnology conference in Chicago.

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Business
9:17 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Agribusiness giant Monsanto takes loss in 4th quarter

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Monsanto says its financial loss widened in the agribusiness giant's fiscal fourth quarter as sales of biotech seeds dropped.

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Agriculture
5:17 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

How secure is the Fort Knox of seeds?

Dave Dierig, research leader at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, stands among the ceiling-high shelves that hold the 600,000 seed packets in this cold storage vault.
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When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations about how it ended up there to start flying. A flurry of initial finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Fort Collins, Colo., which housed the same strain of wheat, developed by Monsanto Corp., for about seven years up until late 2011.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:46 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Monsanto subsidiary will face jury about use of toxic chemicals in everyday products

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Missouri state appeals court has ruled that a jury should decide whether a former subsidiary of Monsanto that manufactured toxic chemicals is responsible for illnesses caused by the widespread use of those chemicals in everyday products.

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Agriculture
4:37 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Who wants biotech wheat?

Nebraska farmer Larry Flohr, squeezes out a kernel of unripened wheat.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Many farmers say they would like to grow genetically engineered wheat to help them feed a hungry world, but it’s not what everyone’s hungry for. And now, with the mysterious appearance of Roundup Ready wheat in a farmer’s field in Oregon a few weeks ago, consumer resistance may grow even stronger.

Most of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified, but GMO wheat has never been approved for farming.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:24 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Monsanto researcher to share world food prize

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 5:33 pm

A Monsanto researcher is one of the winners of the 2013 World Food Prize.

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Business
3:51 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Sturgeon farmer donates $5,000 she won from Monsanto Fund

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The Boone County Fire Department and the food pantry in Sturgeon both received unexpected $2,500 donations this week. 

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Business
4:12 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Monsanto plans $400M expansion in Chesterfield

Monsanto looks to expand its St. Louis facilities, adding more jobs, greenhouses and laboratories.
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Monsanto Co. plans a $400 million expansion at its suburban St. Louis research center that could add 675 jobs over the next three years.

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Agriculture
5:35 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Seed companies fight to maintain independence

A robotic arm loads seed bags onto pallets for shipment at Burrus Seed Company, an independent seed company in rural Illinois.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

The window in Tom Burrus’ office gives him a good look at the wide expanse of Illinois River bottomland where his company produces seed corn for farmers across Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Under the Microscope
6:58 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

The science behind genetically modified seeds

Researchers at DuPont Pioneer’s facility near Des Moines, Iowa, test these varieties of corn.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

This week, we’ll hear from Harvest Public Media’s Science of the Seed Series.

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Business Beat
4:52 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

GM seeds and a new Columbia housing ordinance

Researchers at Monsanto chart the progression of a corn plant over 10 weeks: seed, immature plant, callus, early shoot, shoots, early rooting and advanced rooting. Monsanto fills growth chambers reflecting diverse climate conditions with myriad seed samples.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Coming up we’ll kick off a three-part series from Harvest Public Media on the Science of the Seed. For the introductory report, Amy Mayer explores the origins of gene transformation.

But let’s first start in Columbia where as of February, landlords are required to maintain a list of all tenants. It’s part of a new occupancy limitation disclosure ordinance recently passed by the City Council. KBIA’s Andrew Yost reports that the ordinance deals with several overcrowding issues concerning neighbors.

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Agriculture
4:13 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

The seeds of genetic modification

Researchers at Monsanto chart the progression of a corn plant over 10 weeks: seed, immature plant, callus, early shoot, shoots, early rooting and advanced rooting. Monsanto fills growth chambers reflecting diverse climate conditions with myriad seed samples.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

The vast majority of the corn and soybeans in United States grow from seeds that have been genetically modified. The technology is barely 30 years old and the controversy surrounding it somewhat younger. But how did it even become possible?

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Business Beat
5:41 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Debugging the Monsanto corn issue

This picture of severe rootworm damage was taken in September in a corn field in north-central Illinois.
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This week: Rootworm is causing a headache for some farmers who thought they already had a fix for that problem. Plus, a university of Missouri study takes a look at the impact economic strains have on middle class families.

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