Monsanto Canada Inc.

Monsanto Canada Inc.

March 12, 2009 10:00 ET

Scholarships Up for Grabs as Monsanto Canada Launches 2009 Opportunity Scholarship Program

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2009) - Monsanto Canada will once again offer between 60 and 70 scholarships to grade 12 graduating students from farm families who plan to pursue post-secondary education in agriculture or forestry in the fall of 2009.

Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarships are available to eligible students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture or forestry at a recognized Canadian educational institution. Each scholarship is valued at $1,500. Entering its 18th year, the Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program has awarded almost $1 million to thousands of deserving students since the program's inception in 1991.

"Monsanto is proud to support post-secondary education opportunities for students who want to pursue studies and hopefully careers in agriculture," said Trish Jordan, public affairs director with Monsanto Canada. "Our scholarship program is just one way we can show support for those who have a passion for agriculture and want to enter this growing and vibrant sector."

Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarships are available to students who meet the following criteria:

- Students must come from a family farm and/or forestry background with confirmed plans to enroll in their first year of post-secondary education in an agriculture or forestry program;

- Students must have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership capabilities, and a keen interest and involvement in their rural community;

- Students must submit a completed application form, which includes an essay that outlines what area of agriculture or forestry they would like to work in and why;

- All completed application forms must be post-marked no later than May 15, 2009.

Scholarship application forms and posters in both French and English are in the process of being distributed to high schools, 4-H Clubs, provincial and federal agriculture offices, farm retail outlets and seed companies. Application forms are also available from Monsanto's CustomCare® line at 1-800-667-4944 or they can be accessed online at www.monsanto.ca.

All applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges and winning entries will be announced in September 2009.

Through its corporate giving program, Monsanto Canada seeks opportunities to support associations or programs with a focus on science and agricultural education; agricultural awareness; leadership and development opportunities for rural youth; and farm safety. Between $300,000 and $400,000 annually is provided to charitable and community groups across the country through Monsanto Canada's corporate giving program.

Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monsanto Canada Inc. is part of the larger global Monsanto family. Monsanto Company is an agricultural company and a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. Learn more about our business and our commitments at www.monsanto.ca.

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