At a recent ceremony in Tampa, Fla., the Gulf of Mexico Program recognized Monsanto with the first place 2013 Gulf Guardian Award in the Business/Industry category for the company’s Mississippi River Watershed Partnership. The 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,” says Jerry Steiner, executive vice president of sustainability and corporate affairs for Monsanto.
“This partnership is a good example of working together to improve farming and conservation in the Mississippi River Watershed so that nature and people can 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 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.
Monsanto’s work with water use and agriculture is primarily focused in three areas: education and research; products; and partnerships. For more information, go to www.monsanto.com.