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New Initiative Focuses on Water Quality Improvement in the Mississippi River Basin and Gulf of Mexico
Date:12/8/2008

s well as support diverse and abundant wildlife populations.

Over the years, crop producers have implemented cultural practices that reduce erosion, runoff and sedimentation into our nation's rivers and streams. These common on-farm stewardship practices include conservation tillage, no- till, filter strips and water control structures. Improved placement of fertilizers and precision application of fertilizers and agri-chemicals are additional, market-driven best management practices that contribute to improved water quality in agricultural ecosystems. Additionally, on-farm tools available to farmers today, such as, herbicide-tolerant crops are supporting the conversion of farmland to no-till practices which greatly reduce erosion and the emission of greenhouse gas into our environment.

In the future, crop producers are expected to have additional on-farm tools which can enhance their environmental stewardship efforts. Agricultural technology providers, such as Monsanto, are working to develop nitrogen-use efficiency technologies and crop products that yield more on each acre of land. Earlier this year, the company announced its commitment to develop, by 2030, certain seeds that can double crop yields and reduce by one-third the amount of key resources, e.g., nitrogen and water, required to grow crops.

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The partners will be holding a press conference later this morning at 10 a.m. (Central Time). To register for this conference, please visit https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?ED=111047517&UID.

The partners have also posted a press kit related to today's announcement online at: http://www.monsanto.com/mississippiriverproject. The press kit includes additional information about th
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