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BV FFA visits Monsanto headquarters

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 1:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 1:51 p.m. CDT
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Bureau Valley FFA visited Monsanto's headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 29. Those in attendance were Monsanto district seed manager Brian Joehl (front row, from left), BV agriculture instructor William Mott, Julia Edlefson (second row), Heaven Bennet, Regan Weidner, Tucker Schoff, Andrew Smith, Kelly Sierens, Lauren Peterson, Payton Shipp (back row), Trey Dale, Drew Fordham, Bryan Arteberry, Blake Balensiefen, Ryan Lootens, Blaine Peterson and Dalton Kepner.

MANLIUS — On Jan. 29, 15 Bureau Valley FFA students visited the Monsanto headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., to learn more about the company. The students toured the Monsanto research center in Chesterfield. They got to see the labs and get a first-hand look at new techniques and technologies surrounding biotechnology in agriculture. The students learned about all areas of the biotechnology in use such as gene-sequencing, entomology, tissue cultures, growth chambers and trait development.

After lunch, the group went to Monsanto’s corporate headquarters in Creve Coeur, Mo. The students were given a general overview of Monsanto’s operations and toured the original facility. They got to see the technologies Monsanto helped pioneer, such as their seed chippers for both corn and soybeans. After the tour, the group gathered to discuss what they had learned, internships with the company and other opportunities within Monsanto.

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