September 19, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Agriculture and Industries, Department of

Monsanto Contributes $50,000 to Alabama Tornado Relief Efforts


Donation will aid in relief efforts for rural communities in Alabama



Brett Hall, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (334-240-7101)

Kathleen Manning, Monsanto Public Affairs (314- 694-4554)                

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (September 19, 2011) – In response to the devastating tornadoes that swept through Alabama this spring, Monsanto Company announced a donation of $50,000 to aid in tornado relief efforts.


The donation will help aid cleanup and rebuilding efforts in agricultural communities as a part of the Alabama Forestry Foundation


“Our hearts go out to those who have been deeply affected by this disaster,” said Dion McBay, Monsanto Southern regional business director. “I grew up in Alabama and I’m proud to call it home.  It is my hope that Monsanto’s $50,000 donation can do its part to help devastated communities rebuild and get farmers back to what they do best – feeding America.”


Alabama’s row crop, poultry and cattle farmers were significantly impacted by the deadliest tornadoes to hit the United States since 1925. Farmers suffered considerable damage to their farms including building structures blown away, debris in fields, loss of crops as well as cattle and chicken losses.


“The tornadoes that touched down in Alabama caused irreparable damage to the homes and livelihood of many of the state’s farmers,” said John McMillan, commissioner of Alabama Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “The contribution from Monsanto provides much needed financial support as farmers continue to work to rebuild and recover.”


About Monsanto Company

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: .  Follow our business on Twitter® at, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed .

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Cutline info:  The check presentation was held at the AFME visit to Salt Lake City, Utah for the NASDA meeting.  Pictured Left to Right:  John McMillan, Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Martha Smith, Director of Government Affairs for the Southeastern U.S. for Monsanto.



Brett C. Hall

Deputy Commissioner

Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries

1445 Federal Drive

Montgomery, Alabama  36107

334-240-7101- Cell: 334-318-6081

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