Monsanto is an agricultural company that applies innovation and technology to help farmers around the world produce more while conserving more. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
Muscatine’s Monsanto plant, which is located along Wiggens Road on what is commonly known as the Muscatine Island, began in December 1961 with the startup of an anhydrous ammonia storage terminal. Ammonia production began the following year. The facility grew rapidly in the 1960s as production lines for various herbicide products were added. Today the plant comprises hundreds of acres and manufactures a variety of weed control products including Roundup.
Muscatine’s Monsanto facility is committed to making safety and wellness a way of life. In 1993, plant employees planted 65 acres of native grasses and wildflowers with the assistance of the Muscatine County Conservation Board. The plantings were selected to be consistent with those found at the nearby Blue Sand Mound Nature Preserve. An additional 50 acres and another 40 acres of undeveloped plant property were added to the prairie in 1998. The addition included a butterfly garden near the intersection of Ogilvie and Wiggens Roads. The public is encouraged to visit the restored prairie and butterfly garden.
The restoration projects have earned the facility special recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Wildlife Habitat Council. The Muscatine facility is also a multiple recipient of the Iowa Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
More on Monsanto’s history can be found on the company’s website.