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Monsanto Operation Changes and Opportunities

Monsanto Molokai News Release

Winter is always one of the busiest seasons for Monsanto Molokai, and their employees have been busy both on and off the farm. Following are updates on some of their recent activities.

Recently, there was a change in some of Monsanto Molokai’s business operations. Some work that had been done on Molokai was shifted to Oahu, and some work on Oahu moved to Molokai. The move was made to help enhance the farm’s efforts to work in an efficient and prudent manner. A small number of positions were affected by this shift, and a handful of new positions have been created. In addition, retirement age employees were given the opportunity to take advantage of a voluntary severance package, if they wanted to retire.

Monsanto Molokai proudly congratulates Olapa Duvauchelle of Kaunakakai Elementary School, who won this year’s Monsanto Hawaii Outstanding Plant Sciences Exhibit Award at the Maui District Science Fair on Feb. 28. Duvauchelle’s project, “The Effects of Different Water Mixtures on the Germination of Crotalaria juncea Seed,” demonstrated how adding things to water like soap, sugar and salt, lowers the average germination rate. Congratulations Olapa!

Applications for the annual Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarships are now available, and eligible high school seniors are encouraged to apply. This scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors in Hawaii who will be attending an accredited college or university to pursue a discipline related to the life sciences (including agriculture, agronomy, biology, botany, genetics, horticulture, plant physiology, chemistry, crop science and soil science). Applications may be downloaded at monsantohawaii.com/community/education/scholarships, and must be submitted by May 1, 2017.

Monsanto Molokai’s very own Kali Arce was recently featured on KHON2’s Living 808 segment for the conservation work that she and other employees have been doing on Monsanto’s Molokai farm – from reducing soil erosion to planting native Hawaiian species. As a result of their efforts, Monsanto Molokai became the first site in Hawaii to earn the Wildlife Habitat Council’s prestigious “Wildlife at Work” certification, and is serving as a model for other locations, including Monsanto’s Haleiwa Farm on Oahu, which also recently earned the “Wildlife at Work” certification. KHON’s Living 808 segment may be viewed online at monsantohawaii.com/living808-haleiwa-molokai-honored-for-conservation-efforts/.

With spring right around the corner, it’s that time of year again when Monsanto Molokai annually bids aloha to our seasonal employees as the 2016-2017 winter work season wraps up. The company extends a sincere mahalo for their hard work and dedication over the past few months!

For more information about Monsanto’s activities in Hawaii, please visit MonsantoHawaii.com.

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