Aid to those who are most in need in Texas disaster zones continues to pour in, thanks in part to the ag industry.
On the heels of Dow’s offer of relief funds, Monsanto has pledged to give $500,000 in response to the recent devastation in Texas and neighboring states. The seed and ag tech company is dividing the money between the American Red Cross and Feeding America (through its partnership with Feeding Texas), both of which will get $250,000.
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.
“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-term donation.”