CORRECTING and REPLACING Borlaug Training Foundation Announces Partnership with Monsanto in Support of Global Ag Education
FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jun 07, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Fourth paragraph of release should read: “Monsanto has a long history of supporting agricultural education, and we are proud to support the Foundation and its commitment to the next generation of researchers and leaders in agriculture,” said Dr. Jonathan Jenkinson, Monsanto global breeding partnerships lead. “These leaders will be faced with some of the most challenging issues agriculture has seen to date.”
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BORLAUG TRAINING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH MONSANTO IN SUPPORT OF GLOBAL AG EDUCATION
The Borlaug Training Foundation today announced its first corporate sponsorship from Monsanto Company, a sustainable agriculture company with a shared commitment to ag innovation and education. The Borlaug Training Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides agricultural education and practical-application training to international scientists to advance modern agricultural practices in world regions that need them most. Monsanto has committed $100,000 in monetary and in-kind support for the Foundation, including the participation of company scientists in training scientists in 2016 and 2017 training sessions. The Foundation said that the financial support will assist with future training activities, including providing training materials, classroom support, and other expenses.
“Our partnership with Monsanto is founded in a mutual acknowledgement of the challenges facing the future of agriculture, including declining support for formal agricultural education, and the importance of trained professionals to deploy the technologies that will help farmers feed our growing population,” said Dr. Fred A. Cholick, Borlaug Training Foundation president.
Since its 2014 establishment, the Foundation has worked with other international institutes in Mexico and Tunisia to help provide training to students hailing from 17 countries – including China, Afghanistan, Sudan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Georgia, the United States, Egypt, India, Ethiopia, Japan, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Turkey, Iran and Morocco. Students benefit from workshops and lectures from world-class experts in plant breeding, biotechnology, and plant pathology, and then return to their home countries with the latest science to share in academic and grower settings.
“Monsanto has a long history of supporting agricultural education, and we are proud to support the Foundation and its commitment to the next generation of researchers and leaders in agriculture,” said Dr. Jonathan Jenkinson, Monsanto global breeding partnerships lead. “These leaders will be faced with some of the most challenging issues agriculture has seen to date.”
Past training activities have taken place in Mexico and Tunisia, with future training activities being planned in Morocco, Iran and Ethiopia. Students are predominantly plant breeders, pathologists and other agricultural researchers. The Foundation fosters a special dedication to engaging women – who are the leaders in agricultural training and innovation for many societies. To this end, women made up roughly 70 percent of the attendees at the Foundation’s most recent training collaboration.
For more information on the Borlaug Training Foundation, including how to support future training activities, visit www.borlaugtrainingfoundation.org. To learn more about Monsanto, visit: discover.monsanto.com and monsanto.com.
About the Borlaug Training Foundation
The Borlaug Training Foundation is a nonprofit foundation established to provide agricultural-based education and guidance to scientists from developing nations. It continues the applied training legacy of Norman Borlaug by engaging in collaborative activities with educational, industrial, and agricultural partners to generate, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge. For more information visit the Borlaug Training Foundation website.
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