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$1,500 College Scholarships Available for 100 Farm Youths

 ST. LOUIS (January 12, 2011) – The agriculture industry is one of great importance. Today’s agriculture professionals are part of a vital group of unsung heroes that contribute to feeding and clothing the world as they make a positive impact on the American economy. Monsanto Company recognizes the importance of investing in the next generation of hard-working agricultural professionals, which is why Monsanto and the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) are proud to announce an open call for applications for the 2011 Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship Program.

 High school seniors pursuing careers in agriculture are eligible to apply for a $1,500 Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship award. To ensure the future of American agriculture, these scholarships help provide financial assistance to students based on their academic achievement and leadership skills. First established in 1999, the program has awarded nearly $1.6 million in scholarships.

“Monsanto is proud to invest in the future of agriculture,” explained John Raines, Vice President of Customer Advocacy for Monsanto. “It is paramount that we recognize and support the very best in today’s ag youth. We are excited to review applications from across the country from students seeking degrees in a variety of agricultural roles.”

To qualify, high school seniors must come from a farming family, plan to enroll as a full-time student in an agriculture-related program from an accredited school, and commit to pursuing a career in agriculture. Applicants are evaluated on their academic record, leadership abilities, extracurricular activities and personal essays submitted as a part of the application process. FFA membership is not required to be eligible for the scholarship program.

“The NAFB is proud to join Monsanto in helping further educational opportunities for the students of America’s farms and ranches in anticipation of their eventual leadership roles in the future. Our members strongly support advancing educational excellence, and Monsanto and NAFB are committed to rural America now and for the future,” said Mark Vail, Executive Director of the NAFB.

Applications are available online at www.monsanto.com/scholarships. Online applications must be submitted by February 15, 2010.

About Monsanto Company
Monsanto Company is 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. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com.  Follow our business on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at www.monsantoblog.com, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

About NAFB
The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) is a 65-year-old organization based in Platte City, Mo. The NAFB represents all whose common purpose is to bring voice to agricultural and rural issues and news, and those who support the industry in the service of broadcast content and programming that informs, inspires and promotes agriculture and rural America. The NAFB website address is www.nafb.com.

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