During the Row Crop Quality Summit, held on the last week of March, the Monsanto Company recognized internal quality and compliance projects with The Golden Q Awards. The Puerto Rico site won two Golden Qs from a total of 103 nominations.

Employees Marelyn Delgado & Virginia Echevarria were awarded the “Above and Beyond: Stewardship focus in post-hurricane Puerto Rico” for their work post-Hurricane Maria.

As field operations came back online following the devastation of hurricane Maria, the Juana Diaz site had to contend with all manner of logistical adversity. Beyond the obvious hurdles such as power, communications, transport, well-being, there were additional stewardship and trait quality considerations at play with respect to a field layout that had been subject to significant flooding and potential for on-site material movement.

Marelyn and Virginia maintained dialogue and communications with the Stewardship and Compliance team throughout this difficult time and collaborated to discuss and develop procedures to evaluate and monitor for additional stewardship risk to in-ground materials post-hurricane.

This effort culminated in the development of a supplemental site selection/evaluation checklist and in-season checks to monitor for potential volunteers/rogue plants.

Employee Victor Torres was awarded the “Quality VIP: Enabling Quality Management OSIRIS” for his efforts helping launch this program.

Victor was instrumental in helping precommercial mainland Soy launch OSIRIS across all sites. Victor took time out of his schedule for troubleshooting with all sites and adjusting or creating forms to meet each site’s needs. OSIRIS improved accuracy and helped eliminate any potential errors or seed mix that could have occurred during planting or harvest. OSIRIS improved the quality of labeling and tracking material from planting to and from harvest to inventory in the warehouse.

Congratulations to Marelyn, Virigina and Victor on their awards, as well as all the Team members who contributed on the success of these programs.