How does Monsanto Hawaii ensure that it is conserving natural resources and protecting our sacred lands?

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Q: As a native Hawaiian, protecting the ‘aina is very important. How does Monsanto Hawaii ensure that it is conserving natural resources and protecting our sacred lands?

As farmers, we value soil and water resources and recognize that our practices must be sustainable for our continued success. We partner with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop and implement conservation plans for our farm to protect soil and water resources.  In addition, we use equipment and management practices to reach our goals for air quality under the guidance of the Hawaii Department of Health, Clean Air Branch.

Examples of Monsanto’s stewardship practices include:

1. Conservation Cover – establishing perennial vegetative cover on land temporarily removed from agricultural production

2. Contour Farming – performing tillage and planting operations on the contour to increase water infiltration and reduce concentrated water flow

3. Cover Crop – growing close-growing grasses, legumes, or small grain for seasonal protection, soil improvement and nutrient management

4. Grassed Waterway – shaping a natural or constructed channel and establishing adapted vegetation for the stable conveyance of runoff water

5. Irrigation System, Microirrigation – installing an irrigation system to efficiently apply irrigation water without waste or erosion

6. Irrigation Water Conveyance – installing underground pipeline and appurtenances to reduce erosion and seepage

7. Irrigation Water Management – controlling the rate, amount and timing or irrigation water to minimize soil erosion and control water loss from runoff and deep percolation

8. Contour Buffer Strips – establishing narrow strips of permanent, herbaceous vegetative cover around the hill slope, and alternated down the slope with wider cropped strips that are farmed on the contour

9. Field Border – growing a strip of permanent vegetation established at the edge or around the perimeter of a field

10. Residue Management, Seasonal – managing the amount, orientation and distribution of organic residue to maximize soil protection until immediately prior to planting the following crop

11. Terrace – installing terraces at design heights, grades and intervals

12. Restoration and Management of Rare or Declining Habitats – restoring and managing rare and declining habitats and their associated wildlife species to conserve biodiversity

13. Windbreak/Shelterbelt Renovation – replacing, releasing and/or removing selected trees and shrubs or rows within an existing windbreak or shelterbelt, adding rows to the windbreak or shelterbelt or removing selected tree and shrub branches

14. Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment – the windbreak/shelterbelt practice involves planting single or multiple rows of trees or shrubs in linear configurations

To learn more about our commitments to conservation, please visit our Conservation and Environment pages.