Carol Parrish - Local Hero

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In the late 1990s, Carol worked for Monsanto - a firm whose focus is sustainable agriculture. Carol involved herself with this company because of her background in agriculture. She has always been concerned about the position of farmers in small towns. The sustainability of the agricultural market was especially important to Carol's husband who comes from a farming family in Monmouth. The premise of Monsanto's mission is to endow farmers with the tools they need to increase production from their lands while also actively practicing conservation. Genetically modified seeds made from Monsanto's technology help to conserve the integrity of soil by lessening the intensity of harvest time. Essentially Monsanto is actively working toward protecting [farmers] yields, supporting their on-farm efficiency and reducing their on-farm costs. Because Monsanto is a company that understands the importance of local farmers and that it could not exist without them, Carol, with sound judgement, accepted an opportunity to serve with them. She took up a volunteer position where she would research for Monsanto over a two day period. She took advantage of the opportunity each year it was offered to her for three years. According to Carol, Monsanto viewed this opportunity as a form of public relations for the Monmouth community. Local farmers were already buying Monsanto products and the volunteer opportunity was a way for farmers like Carol to work behind the scenes. Carol's duties included moisture testing for corn that determined the final yield of their test plot. If the information was momentous, it would be publicized. For this opportunity, she had to be unbiased and thorough. Carol recalls her work with Jim McCurdy, the extension agent, as both enjoyable and something that she would not forget. (Source: "Who We Are." Monsanto at a Glance. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2015. .)

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