Who We Are

Monsanto’s roots in Hawaii go back to the 1960s with the establishment of two seed companies on Molokai and Maui.

Molokai Seed Service started in 1965, and later evolved to become Hawaiian Research. At about the same time, in 1968, Bob Rauenhorst, a Minnesota farmer with an interest in the Trojan Seed Company, was vacationing on Maui and chanced upon a local grower in Kihei who was giving up his lease. Recognizing the island’s ideal climate for agriculture, Rauenhorst helped purchase the lease and subsequently, the Trojan Seed Company was established on Maui.

Over time, through a series of business changes and acquisitions, both Hawaiian Research and Trojan Seed Company evolved into today's Monsanto Hawaii.