Monsanto pledges $500K Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Monsanto pledges $500K for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

10:52 AM, 1st September 2017
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ST LOUIS, US: Monsanto Company announced that it will donate $500,000 to assist with disaster relief efforts of caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and neighbouring states.

The American Red Cross and Feeding America, through its partnership with Feeding Texas and other impacted food banks, will each receive $250,000 to assist with critical needs for families affected by the storm. The donations will enable the organizations to help those who have lost homes and businesses, and are in need of food and supplies now and during the rebuilding process.

Prior to Hurricane Harvey making landfall, farmers and ranchers in the region worked around the clock to harvest crops, move livestock and equipment. Monsanto employs more than 800 people in Texas and has sites in several communities in the storm’s path, but to date, all employees are safe and facilities were not significantly damaged.

“We have all been affected by the images and stories that are surfacing in Hurricane Harvey’s wake. We hope these funds will help provide the necessary assistance and support many will need in the weeks ahead,” said Brett Begemann, Monsanto’s president and chief operating officer.

“As an agriculture company, Monsanto is keenly aware of the ripple effect a natural disaster can have on the environment and farmers. The Texas cotton harvest is only about 10 percent complete, and the storm and flooding have caused tremendous damage to cotton in the field and in storage. We’ll continue to explore how we might be able to help beyond this immediate-term donation,” added Begemann.

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