Monsanto Says Layoffs Won't Affect Idaho

SODA SPRINGS, Idaho (AP) -- Officials with Monsanto Co. say the 900 planned layoffs announced last week won't have much impact on southeastern Idaho.

Monsanto is based in St. Louis but employs 770 workers in southeastern Idaho, with a plant in Soda Springs and mining operations around the region.

Company spokesman Trent Clark says a small number of local jobs may be lost through attrition, but company officials don't expect any layoffs in Idaho.

Clark says that worldwide, Monsanto employs 22,000 workers. The company uses phosphate from Soda Springs to make the herbicide Roundup.

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