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NATURE PROTECTION & BIODIVERSITY: Wildlife Habitat Councilannounces Monsanto Vice President as incoming Chairman of the Board

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TITLE:  Wildlife Habitat Council announces incoming Chairman of the Board
SOURCE: Wildlife Habitat Council & Monsanto, USA
AUTHOR: Press Release, Vanessa C. Kauffman
DATE:   06.03.2007

Wildlife Habitat Council announces incoming Chairman of the Board

Providing Energy and Species Protection

With the help of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), wildlife - ospreys,
black-eyed Susan, purple coneflowers, endangered gopher tortoises and
even American alligators - find protection in natural habitats
surrounding nuclear power plants. WHC is a nonprofit, nonlobbying 501(c)
(3) international group of 100 corporations, over two dozen conservation
organizations and numerous individuals dedicated to restoring, enhancing
and increasing the quality and amount of wildlife habitat. [...] WHC
helps companies voluntarily manage their lands for the benefit of
wildlife. WHC's President, Robert Johnson explains, "The Wildlife
Habitat Council enjoys participation by all business sectors, and
particularly the nuclear energy sector, in our efforts to encourage
companies to increase the amount of quality wildlife habitat on their
properties. The large expanses of buffer land around these facilities
offer excellent opportunity for employees and the community to work
together to develop critical habitat for migratory birds, pollinators
and other native wildlife that depend on biodiverse lands." [...]

SILVER SPRING, MD--The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) announces …mer
”Broin, Vice President Environmental Safety, Health and Human Rights,
Monsanto Company, as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. She
assumed the position on March 6, 2007, during the biannual Board
meeting, which took place in Concord, California. She is the first woman
to lead the organization in its 19 year history. ”Broin has served on
the WHC Board of Directors since 2003 and previously as Secretary-Treasurer.

"I'm very honored and excited to have the opportunity to support the WHC
and their exemplary efforts in environmental stewardship and
restoration," ”Broin said. "I'm proud of what Monsanto has accomplished
with its WHC certified sites which demonstrate our commitment to
conservation and biodiversity, and I look forward to continuing to
incorporate that mentality in our business."

Since 1980, ”Broin has held a range of positions with increasing
responsibility in manufacturing for Monsanto, including Director of
Manufacturing Operations, Latin America and Director of Manufacturing
Operations, Asia Pacific. She is Monsanto's executive contact for the
American Chemistry Council and is on the Advisory Board for the Center
for Chemical Process Safety. She was in the 2005-06 Leadership St. Louis
class and is a charter member of the WVU Foundation Mountaineer
Executives. She is also the Chairman of the Conference Board's Chief
EH&S Officers' Council II. She received a B. S. in Chemical Engineering
from West Virginia University and an MBA in International Business from
St. Louis University.

"Progressive, insightful and imaginative industry leaders are the
hallmark of WHC's leadership over its history bringing about dramatic
changes in environmental stewardship and community relations. …mer
”Broin has been a strong advocate for the integration of these ideas
with business operations at Monsanto. We are extremely pleased that she
has agreed to extend her leadership as Board Chairman," said Bob
Johnson, President, Wildlife Habitat Council.

Monsanto has been involved with WHC since 1989, exemplifying a true
commitment as a steward of nature. Projects already spearheaded by
Monsanto range from native plantings, nest box construction and
education outreach to land reclamation, prairie management and wetlands
restoration. Monsanto's World Headquarters in St. Louis recently
received its WHC certification for its Wildlife at Work program
demonstrating a commitment toward long-term wildlife habitat enhancement
efforts. Monsanto's Luling, Louisiana; Muscatine, Iowa; and Soda
Springs, Idaho, plants as well as the Monsanto Farm & Wildlife
Management Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas, also earned WHC
recertification for comprehensive wildlife habitat management Wildlife
at Work programs.

The Muscatine facility was presented in 2004 with a special certificate
of recognition by WHC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
National Environmental Performance Track Program for its prairie
restoration area and Big Sand Nature Preserve. The facility was
commended for habitat restoration and improvement projects as well as a
strong commitment to public outreach, transparency of operations and
corporate citizenship.

During the Board of Directors visit to California, members were given
the opportunity to view several of WHC's award-winning member sites and
projects. Since 1990, WHC has certified 408 Wildife at Work programs
worldwide. The certification program recognizes outstanding wildlife
habitat management and environmental education efforts at corporate
sites, and offers third-party validation of the benefits of such
programs. Certification requirements are strict and require that sites
apply for periodic renewal.

Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a leading global provider of technology-
based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity
and food quality. For more information on Monsanto, visit http://

The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) is a nonprofit, non-lobbying
organization dedicated to increasing the quality and amount of wildlife
habitat on corporate, private and public lands. WHC devotes its
resources to building partnerships with corporations and conservation
groups to create solutions that balance the demands of economic growth
with the requirements of a healthy, biodiverse and sustainable
environment. More than 2 million acres in 48 states, Puerto Rico and 16
other countries are managed for wildlife through WHC-assisted projects.

Vanessa Kauffman, Wildlife Habitat Council, 301-588-8994,
Sara Duncan, Monsanto Company, 314-694-2729,

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