Leaders From Major U.S. Farm Organizations Join Grower Advisory Council, Part of Monsanto's Ongoing Dialogue Effort

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Monsanto Company

    ST. LOUIS, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders from major U.S. farm
 organizations have come together to advance the interests of American
 producers through a collaborative advisory panel established by Monsanto
 Company (NYSE:   MON).  Consistent with the commitments outlined in the "New
 Monsanto Pledge," the Monsanto Grower Advisory Council will provide strategic
 advice and guidance to the company on important business issues and identify
 new opportunities to benefit American producers.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010403/CGTU032 )
     In November, Monsanto President and Chief Executive Officer Hendrik A.
 Verfaillie announced the New Monsanto Pledge, a five-point declaration that
 governs how Monsanto will behave as a new company.  Under the "Dialogue"
 principle, the pledge specifically states: "we commit to involving our
 customers to help us make decisions about the development, use and stewardship
 of new agricultural technologies."
     The Grower Advisory Council is the first major project undertaken by
 Monsanto in support of the pledge.  The Council will be chaired by former U.S.
 Congressman Tom Ewing, of Pontiac, Illinois, and the 17-member board is
 composed of leaders representing key U.S. agricultural and commodity
 organizations.
     "We recognize that our success follows the success of growers -- if we're
 able to help growers be successful, we'll also be successful as a company,"
 said Carl Casale, vice president and general manager for Monsanto's North
 American agriculture business.  "The New Monsanto Pledge commits us to listen
 and respond better to meet the needs of our customers directly."
     The Council has a three-fold charter: identify specific courses of action
 for Monsanto management that can create new uses for commodity crops and add
 value for growers; provide a formal process for Monsanto to hear and respond
 to grower feedback; and serve as a sounding board for reviewing Monsanto
 actions, positions and policies before they are finalized.
     The Council will make recommendations directly to Monsanto management for
 consideration and implementation by Monsanto's business teams.  The Council
 held its introductory meeting March 28-29 in St. Louis and committed to
 meeting three times annually.
     "I believe that Monsanto is setting an important precedent," said Ewing.
 "Opening a direct line between American producers and the senior management at
 Monsanto is a tremendous step toward a dialogue process that should benefit
 all parties."
     Ewing was chosen to lead the Council because of his proven track record as
 an advocate for American agriculture, his objectivity and his experience in
 working with groups of diverse interest.  He also has first-hand experience
 with managing a family farm.
     Ewing served as U.S. Congressman from the 15th District in Illinois from
 1991 to 2001.  In his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ewing
 served on the House Committee on Agriculture and chaired the Subcommittee on
 Risk Management and Specialty Crops.  The Illinoisan also has been recognized
 for his contributions to U.S. agriculture by numerous agricultural
 organizations, including the Agricultural Retailers Association, Illinois
 Department of Agriculture and National Wheat Growers Association.
     "I decided to participate in the Council because I believe strongly that
 it can make a legitimate difference for the American producer," said Ewing.
     Other members of the Grower Advisory Council are: Tony Anderson, American
 Soybean Association, Mt. Sterling, Ohio; John Becherer, United Soybean Board,
 St. Louis; Steve Censky, American Soybean Association, St. Louis; Jack
 Eberspacher, National Association of Wheat Growers, Washington, D.C.; Alan
 Foutz, Colorado Farm Bureau, Akron, Colo.; Terry Francl, American Farm Bureau
 Federation, Park Ridge, Ill.; Jim Hansen, Cotton Incorporated, Corcoran,
 Calif.; Tim Hume, National Corn Growers Association, Walsh, Colo.; Hollis
 Isbell, American Cotton Producers, Muscle Shoals, Ala.; Andrew G. Jordan,
 Ph.D., Cotton Foundation, Memphis, Tenn.; Don Latham, United Soybean Board,
 Alexander, Iowa; Dusty Tallman, National Association of Wheat Growers,
 Brandon, Colo.; Rick Tolman, National Corn Growers Association, St. Louis; J.
 Berrye Worsham III, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, N.C.  Additionally, Brett
 Begemann, vice president of U.S. branded products for Monsanto will join
 Casale on the Council.
     "For the first time in our 100-year history, Monsanto is a company solely
 devoted to agriculture, and the formation of the Grower Advisory Council is
 simply about making sure we orient our priorities squarely around the
 interests of our customers," said Casale.
     While the Grower Advisory Council is focused on involving U.S. producers,
 Monsanto is also currently exploring avenues to involve farmers from other
 world areas in collaborative programs.
     For the full-text of the New Monsanto Pledge or for additional information
 on the Pledge, please see: www.monsanto.com .
     Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based
 solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food
 quality. For more information on Monsanto, see: www.monsanto.com .
 
 

SOURCE Monsanto Company
    ST. LOUIS, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders from major U.S. farm
 organizations have come together to advance the interests of American
 producers through a collaborative advisory panel established by Monsanto
 Company (NYSE:   MON).  Consistent with the commitments outlined in the "New
 Monsanto Pledge," the Monsanto Grower Advisory Council will provide strategic
 advice and guidance to the company on important business issues and identify
 new opportunities to benefit American producers.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010403/CGTU032 )
     In November, Monsanto President and Chief Executive Officer Hendrik A.
 Verfaillie announced the New Monsanto Pledge, a five-point declaration that
 governs how Monsanto will behave as a new company.  Under the "Dialogue"
 principle, the pledge specifically states: "we commit to involving our
 customers to help us make decisions about the development, use and stewardship
 of new agricultural technologies."
     The Grower Advisory Council is the first major project undertaken by
 Monsanto in support of the pledge.  The Council will be chaired by former U.S.
 Congressman Tom Ewing, of Pontiac, Illinois, and the 17-member board is
 composed of leaders representing key U.S. agricultural and commodity
 organizations.
     "We recognize that our success follows the success of growers -- if we're
 able to help growers be successful, we'll also be successful as a company,"
 said Carl Casale, vice president and general manager for Monsanto's North
 American agriculture business.  "The New Monsanto Pledge commits us to listen
 and respond better to meet the needs of our customers directly."
     The Council has a three-fold charter: identify specific courses of action
 for Monsanto management that can create new uses for commodity crops and add
 value for growers; provide a formal process for Monsanto to hear and respond
 to grower feedback; and serve as a sounding board for reviewing Monsanto
 actions, positions and policies before they are finalized.
     The Council will make recommendations directly to Monsanto management for
 consideration and implementation by Monsanto's business teams.  The Council
 held its introductory meeting March 28-29 in St. Louis and committed to
 meeting three times annually.
     "I believe that Monsanto is setting an important precedent," said Ewing.
 "Opening a direct line between American producers and the senior management at
 Monsanto is a tremendous step toward a dialogue process that should benefit
 all parties."
     Ewing was chosen to lead the Council because of his proven track record as
 an advocate for American agriculture, his objectivity and his experience in
 working with groups of diverse interest.  He also has first-hand experience
 with managing a family farm.
     Ewing served as U.S. Congressman from the 15th District in Illinois from
 1991 to 2001.  In his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ewing
 served on the House Committee on Agriculture and chaired the Subcommittee on
 Risk Management and Specialty Crops.  The Illinoisan also has been recognized
 for his contributions to U.S. agriculture by numerous agricultural
 organizations, including the Agricultural Retailers Association, Illinois
 Department of Agriculture and National Wheat Growers Association.
     "I decided to participate in the Council because I believe strongly that
 it can make a legitimate difference for the American producer," said Ewing.
     Other members of the Grower Advisory Council are: Tony Anderson, American
 Soybean Association, Mt. Sterling, Ohio; John Becherer, United Soybean Board,
 St. Louis; Steve Censky, American Soybean Association, St. Louis; Jack
 Eberspacher, National Association of Wheat Growers, Washington, D.C.; Alan
 Foutz, Colorado Farm Bureau, Akron, Colo.; Terry Francl, American Farm Bureau
 Federation, Park Ridge, Ill.; Jim Hansen, Cotton Incorporated, Corcoran,
 Calif.; Tim Hume, National Corn Growers Association, Walsh, Colo.; Hollis
 Isbell, American Cotton Producers, Muscle Shoals, Ala.; Andrew G. Jordan,
 Ph.D., Cotton Foundation, Memphis, Tenn.; Don Latham, United Soybean Board,
 Alexander, Iowa; Dusty Tallman, National Association of Wheat Growers,
 Brandon, Colo.; Rick Tolman, National Corn Growers Association, St. Louis; J.
 Berrye Worsham III, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, N.C.  Additionally, Brett
 Begemann, vice president of U.S. branded products for Monsanto will join
 Casale on the Council.
     "For the first time in our 100-year history, Monsanto is a company solely
 devoted to agriculture, and the formation of the Grower Advisory Council is
 simply about making sure we orient our priorities squarely around the
 interests of our customers," said Casale.
     While the Grower Advisory Council is focused on involving U.S. producers,
 Monsanto is also currently exploring avenues to involve farmers from other
 world areas in collaborative programs.
     For the full-text of the New Monsanto Pledge or for additional information
 on the Pledge, please see: www.monsanto.com .
     Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based
 solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food
 quality. For more information on Monsanto, see: www.monsanto.com .
 
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