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Latin America Seed Growth Lifts Monsanto to Stronger-Than-Expected First Quarter

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Monsanto Company delivered above-estimate results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2012 and pointed to the high end of its previously reported earnings per share guidance for the year on the strength of its seed business.  The company also previewed a strong U.S. order book and announced 14 phase advancements across its breeding, biotechnology, and chemistry and agronomic research and development platforms, representing a record number of advancements for its annual pipeline update.

"We've seen a very strong start to the year, with real growth in Latin America and early orders in the United States that underscore our sustained momentum carrying into 2012," said Hugh Grant, chairman, president and chief executive officer for Monsanto.  "We are pleased growers have recognized the value of our products and the benefits they provide on farm.  Our pipeline progress continues to be a competitive differentiator, and that's ever more important as we put an even greater focus on delivering yield to growers."