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By Sarah Baldwin - bio | email

July 31, 2008

CAMILLA, GA (WALB) - Fields of corn, cotton and soybeans make up Monsanto's Camilla site. But there's more going on here that meets the eye. These crops, with different traits, are the future of agriculture.  "We're showcasing all of our current technology as well as technology we plan to bring to the market in the next 5 to 10 years," said Doug Register, Area Advisor Manager for Monsanto.

Monsanto is a research oriented company, spending about $2 million a day in agricultural research.  "We're dedicated to agriculture. And our success in the marketplace is dependent upon the success of the growers in Georgia. So this is why this is so important to us," said Register.

Hoping to continue that partnership, today they wanted to show Georgia farmers the technology they've been working on.  Register said, "In cotton we have a number of new varieties we plan to introduce to the marketplace in 2009, 2010."

Another highlight of the showcase is a genetic trait they've developed called Yield Gard VT Triple pro for corn.  "Yield Gard VT Triple Pro is a biotech trait that is incorporated into the plant so that it is provided with some insect protection defense mechanisms," said Andrew Duff, Corn Traits Marketing Manager for Monsanto.

UGA Professor David Buntin added, "it helps reduce pesticide use, that helps reduce their cost and it also reduces their exposure to those pesticides. Quite a few of those in the past have been quite toxic products."  Experts say the product will not only improve the quality of the corn, it will increase a farmer's overall yield.

Monsanto also took time at the event to hear what technology the growers wanted to see developed.  "Its also important for us to see what they're needs are. So its really a communication opportunity to exchange ideas," Register explained.   Ideas that could one day help shape the future of agriculture.

The Technology Showcase was a one day event.  However, if any local farmer's missed it, they can still go check out the new technology at on highway 37, 4 miles west of Camilla.  Just contact your local Monsanto representative.

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