Monsanto


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Based in St. Louis, Monsanto Company provides biotechnology, pest control, seed and other agricultural services to farmers on a global scale.

Monsanto has about 22,000 employees stations around the world.

Its major crop brands include DEKALB, Channel and Asgrow, among others. In addition to commercial crops, Monsanto’s vegetable seeds portfolio includes tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, broccoli, lettuce and others under the brands Seminis and De Ruiter.

Besides seed and biotechnology departments, Monsanto also produces herbicides, including its trademark RoundUp commercialized in the United States 1976.

It also owns The Climate Corporation, a service that connects farmers with real-time data and weather tools to manage their farming operations.

Monsanto has gone through a long history of being a both a seller and a buyer. John F. Queeny founded what some in the agriculture industry refer to as “Old Monsanto” more than a century ago, and that version of the company was involved in a wide variety of businesses, including the manufacturing of food sweeteners, PCBs and other chemicals.

In 1997, Old Monsanto split into Solutia Inc.

In 2000, Monsanto entered into a merger and became a subsidiary of Pharmacia Corporation, a company now wholly owned by Pfizer Inc.

In 2002, that Monsanto spun off from Pharmacia and became a separate company.

Throughout its history, Monsanto has bought several companies and parts of companies, including Jacob Hartz Seed Co., Agracetus, Calgene, Holden’s Foundation Seeds LLC, Corn States Hybrid Service LLC, Asgrow, DeKalb Genetics Corp., Channel Bio Corp., Seminis Inc., De Ruiter Seeds Group., Beeologics, Divergence Inc., among others.

For more background on Monsanto, also see: About Monsanto| Corporate profile



 Key financial highlights

2015 net sales: $ 15.0 billion

2015 net income: $2.3 billion

2014 net sales: $15.9 billion

2014 income: $2.7 billion

2013 net sales: $14.9 billion

2013 net income: $2.5 billion

Data source: SEC.gov


Big Ag Watch related content

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Read: GMOs, Monsanto and the fight against climate change

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 Lobbying activity

2015 lobbying expenditures: $3.48 million

2015 lobbying interests included:

Biotech Innovation and Regulation; International Agribusiness Transactional Issues

S. 697: Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act; H.R. 2576: TSCA Modernization Act of 2015; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Regulations; Endangered Species Act Regulations; Regulatory Approvals

S. 1137: PATENT Act; H.R. 9: Innovation Act; H.R. 3326: Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015; S. 1890: Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015

Renewable Fuel Standard

H.R. 1599: Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015

Phosphate Mine Permitting; Mineral Leasing

Data Services

H.R. 880: American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015

Foreign Agriculture Laws, Regulations, and Trade; Glyphosate

Waste Permitting

Environmental Sustainability

2014 lobbying expenditures: $4.12 million

2014 lobbying interests included:

Biotech Innovation and Regulations; H.R. 5656 Global Food Security Act of 2014; S. 2909 Global Food Security Act of 2014

Regulatory Approvals; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Regulations

H.R. 3309 Innovation Act; Draft Patent Legislation; Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act of 2014; S. 1720: Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013; S. 1013: Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013; H.R. 5233: Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014

H.R. 4432 Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014

Mineral Licensing and Royalty Issues; Phosphate Mining; Land Transfer

Issues Related to the Research and Development Tax Credit; S. 2260 EXPIRE Act of 2014; H.R. 4438 American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014; H.R. 4457 America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014; H.R. 4464 Permanent CFC Look-Through Act of 2014; H.R. 4718 To Amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to Modify and Make Permanent Bonus Depreciation; PBGC Premium Increases; International and Corporate Tax Reform; P.L. 113-295 The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014

Foreign Agriculture Laws, Regulations, and Trade; Investment in Ukraine

Renewable Fuel Standard

Public Law No: 113-255 Making Consolidated Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2015, and for Other Purposes

Data Services; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

2013 lobbying expenditures: $6.94 million

2013 lobbying interests included:

Biotech Innovation and Regulations; S. 954: Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013; H.R. 2642: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 201

H. J. RES. 59: Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act (PRIA) Regulations; H.R. 935: Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013; S. 802: Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2013

Implementation of the America Invents Act (Public Law No. 112-29); Proposed Reforms to Patent Litigation

Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

Mineral Licensing and Royalty Issues; Phosphate Mining

Issues Related to the Extension and Expansion of the Alternative Simplified Research & Development Tax Credit; Issues Relating to International Corporate Tax Reform; Issues Related to Percentage of Mine Depletion; Issues Related to the Manufacturing Deduction

Foreign Agriculture Laws, Regulations, and Trade; Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Data source: Senate lobbying disclosure database


EDGAR Search Results: Monsanto

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Monsanto: News releases

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 USA spending quick stats

Each year, the United States government hands out billions of dollars’ worth of government contracts, grants, subsidies and loans. A large portion of these federal dollars go to top agribusiness companies.

USA spending data shows that Monsanto has not received a significant amount of federal funding since 2011.

Last known funds awarded: 2011

2011 total funds awarded: $297,265

No. 1 awarding agency: Department of Health and Human Services

Data source: USASpending.gov


 Quarterly reports

May 31, 2015 | Feb. 28, 2015 | Nov. 30, 2014 | May 31, 2014

Annual reports

Fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2015 | Fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2014