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Monsanto Pledges $500K to Hurricane Harvey Relief

Posted September 12, 2017, 10:30 AM HST
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Texas National Guard Soldiers respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Pruitt)

Monsanto Company, whose agricultural operations include farms on three islands in Hawai‘i, is donating $500,000 to support disaster relief efforts in Texas and other states devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

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.

“Hawai‘i has had its share of experiences with hurricanes, and our hearts and thoughts are with those whose lives have been turned completely upside down as a result of Hurricane Harvey,” said Dan Clegg, business operations lead for Monsanto Hawai‘i. “We hope these funds will help ease the plight of many who will need help and support in the weeks ahead.”

In addition to the company’s donation, Monsanto is encouraging employees throughout the company to make personal contributions to the American Red Cross and Feeding Texas. Monsanto will match all employee contributions to Hurricane Harvey relief.

“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,” said Brett Begemann, Monsanto’s president and chief operating officer. “We’ll continue to explore how we might be able to help beyond this immediate donation.”

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.

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Kawaipio Tiare Border-Viritua Feeding people poison‼️😳😞September 12, 2017 10:31am
Donalda Kyryluk Maunakea not nearly enough, considering their poison is everywhere!September 12, 2017 10:52am
Dave Lee Why is this even news?! If Monsanto paid for all of the disease and illness they have caused, it would be just a bit more than this token gesture 👿September 12, 2017 11:01am
Iain Young That is pocket change to the evil giant Monsanto. Hell that is just a drop in the bucket of the CEO's bonus.September 12, 2017 01:00pm
Bonnie Hemauer I wouldn't take it from MonSatan if they paid me !September 12, 2017 02:04pm
Stephen E Jones The Red Cross is a scam after all the high salaries about 600.00 worth of crackers might get to people . Remember 500 million for Haiti and only 3 plywood houses . Never give any money to the Red Cross or any of these guys .September 12, 2017 04:44pm
Stacy Lynn Lipstick on a pigSeptember 12, 2017 05:10pm
Jo Ann Lambert-Downing monsanto huhh?? lol the red cross will not get one penny from me,,,this is like one ceo buying another ceo a jet for them both to share.September 12, 2017 06:31pm
Les Miller Monsanto, the DDT people? Strange news.September 12, 2017 06:49pm
Megrez Mraz Hmm, that escalated quickly. Does MonSatan not know how much they are hated?September 13, 2017 01:18pm
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