Monsanto Canada Inc.

Monsanto Canada Inc.

March 03, 2008 14:12 ET

Monsanto Renews Commitment to Canadian Foodgrains Bank for 2008 Growing Season

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - Monsanto Canada today announced it will once again set aside $100,000 in farm inputs to support the Canadian Foodgrains Bank's 2008 Community Growing Project program.

Farmer volunteers who manage the Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects will have the opportunity to work with their local Monsanto Canada field representative to access no-fee Roundup Ready® technology, Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides, DEKALB® seed and other Monsanto products for use in their community growing project. Last year, almost 100 Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects took advantage of the Monsanto product offer in order to reduce their input costs and pass along a larger donation of grain and cash to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Farmer volunteers who manage the growing projects within their community will have between now and March 14th to submit their requests for product through their local Monsanto representative. Once all the requests have been received and catalogued, Monsanto representatives will enter them into their system and then get back to the local growing projects with confirmation of their request and details regarding where and when they can pick up their product. All requests will be entered during the week of March 24-28, 2008.

"Through our corporate giving program, Monsanto Canada looks for ways to give back to programs in rural communities wherever we can and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank community growing project program is certainly a program that has been embraced by farmers," said Trish Jordan, public affairs director with Monsanto Canada. "We are generally over-subscribed for the product that we make available but our goal is to try and share what we have with as many projects as possible who are interested in utilizing our technology and our seed products."

Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects typically involve farmers and other supporters in rural communities coming together to grow a crop that will be donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Once harvested, the proceeds from crops grown on community growing projects are donated to the Winnipeg-based aid agency for use in its food programming activities overseas. To learn more about the Canadian Foodgrains Bank visit www.foodgrainsbank.ca.

"This year, we are celebrating our 25th year of working to end hunger overseas," says Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of Canadian Foodgrains Bank. "For twenty-five years, our work has been made possible by farmers and other generous Canadians through donations of grain and cash. The support we receive from community growing projects is invaluable and is significantly enhanced by the inputs they receive from companies like Monsanto."

In addition to supporting the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Monsanto Canada's corporate giving program supports associations or programs with a focus on science and agricultural education; agricultural awareness; leadership and development opportunities for rural youth; and farm safety. For information on Monsanto Canada's corporate giving program visit www.monsanto.ca.

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