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Stephen Rogers

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Agriculture
For their pioneering achievements in plant biology and agricultural biotechnology, and for global leadership in the development and commercialization of genetically modified crops to enhance agricultural productivity and sustainability.

Monsanto’s first biotechnology team was created in 1979. Decades later, spurred by the team’s successes in genetic engineering, hundreds of millions of acres of genetically-engineered crops are planted across the globe.rnrnBut the success was no sure thing, Stephen Rogers rememberedrnrn“The first time we came here to put in the first genetically engineered crop – tomatoes – we had a lot of questions . . .’’ Rogers, one of four principal members of Monsanto’s pioneering team, told The Southwest Farm Press in 2005.rnrnThe team had started with petunias, graduated to tomatoes, and then moved into other crops, including corn, soybeans and wheat. Rogers and the other members of the team, Robert Fraley, Robert Horsch and Ernest Jaworski, drew widespread praise for their pioneering research as their work produced insect-resistant and Roundup-tolerant crops.rnrnIn 1998 Rogers and the others were awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for their efforts to develop genetically-modified crops that improved agricultural sustainability around the world. rnrnBy Robert Warren