Building awareness about innovation in agriculture is part of what Monsanto Company has in mind when it takes its 53-foot-long Mobile Technology Unit (MTU) on the road to educate students, consumers, media and others about the technologies it's developing to help U.S. farmers double their yields by 2030 to meet the rising global demands for food, feed and fuel.
The "agricultural exhibit on wheels" makes pays its first visit to a major urban market: Washington, D.C. Area 4-H youth and government staffers will be among those who tour the MTU to learn about the agriculture company's breeding and biotechnology efforts.
"We're excited about the opportunity to bring the MTU to Washington, D.C., and share with USDA and government staffers some of the cutting-edge advances in agriculture that will help farmers produce more while at the same time conserve precious natural resources," said Kevin Holloway, Monsanto's Vice President of U.S. Commercial Strategy and Operations.
The tours highlight some of the new corn, cotton and soybean technologies in Monsanto's robust pipeline and provide a teachable opportunity to tell about the amazing advances under way in U.S. agriculture.
"We appreciate the interest level participants show when they tour the MTU and welcome the chance to engage in conversation about our new technologies and how they support our commitment to sustainable agriculture," Holloway said. "Many are surprised to learn, for example, that we have an Omega-3 soybean in development, or that we are developing seed technologies, such as our Genuity SmartStax corn, that will enable farmers to reduce their pesticide use."