Farmers Feeding the World:
A campaign by American agriculture to fight global hunger.
Farmers Feeding the World is an ongoing campaign operated by the Farm Journal Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that was formed to rally support for the war against hunger. We raise financial support for organizations already on the front lines in fighting global hunger and we educate the general public about agriculture’s role in feeding a hungry world.
The Farmers Feeding the World campaign is promoted across television programs, magazines, eNewsletters, websites and live events, including all of Farm Journal’s 17 million monthly touch points with agriculture.
Farmers Feeding the World Staff
Margie Alsbrook is the Foundation’s Director of Operations and joined us in June 2013 with over a decade of agricultural and food policy experience. She holds a masters of law in agricultural and food law from the University of Arkansas, where she was the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Food Law & Policy. Before attending law school, Margie was a non-profit fundraiser and a business reporter, which makes her a natural fit for the Foundation. She is responsible for the Foundation’s overall strategy and operations, building individual donor relationships, and she also oversees the HungerU program.
In her spare time, Margie enjoys volunteering and her current organizations include the Alumni Board of Governors for Hendrix College, the board of directors for the Arkansas Law Review and Bar Association Journal, Inc. She is a former Justice of the Peace for Washington County, Arkansas. When she joined the Foundation she relocated to Columbia, Missouri, and she is looking forward to getting involved in the local community and exploring the Katy Trail. A self-described geek, Margie also enjoys writing paper correspondence and publishing articles in academic journals.
Tony Behr has been part of the Farm Journal family for over 20 years and was one of the founding personalities of the Foundation. Tony serves as Vice-President of Project Development and works with the Foundation and its funding partners to develop programs that are mission-focused and financially prudent. Tony loves his work with the Foundation and but his proudest accomplishment is his five children. He lives in Indiana with his wife and in his spare time they enjoy outdoor activities as a family.
Working from our Minnesota office, Jim Gresham helps the Foundation deepen its corporate partnerships. Jim has been in marketing and agriculture for his entire career and holds a deep passion for helping organizations communicate their story.
Formerly the owner of his own advertising agency, Jim joined the Foundation in 2012 as part of his decision to devote his life to philanthropic causes. He has two daughters who keep him on his toes. He also sits on the Board of an NGO in Haiti dealing with water issues. When not working for a good cause, Jim is an avid sailor and races sailboats on a local lake, and loves many other outdoor activities.
Lesly Weber McNitt is Director of Government Relations and Program Development for Farm Journal Foundation. Based out of the Foundation's Washington, D.C., office, Lesly is responsible for advancing Farmers Feeding the World’s advocacy activities, developing new programs, and building strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Farm Journal Media, Lesly was a legislative associate with Oldaker Belair & Wittie, LLP, where she managed a diverse portfolio of issues including financial services, federal appropriations, Native American Indian affairs, and education.
Lesly graduated cum laude from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs with a B.A. in International Affairs and a concentration in International Politics. She also spent a semester studying at the Catholic Institute of Paris. Lesly went on to earn her Master of Professional Studies in Legislative Affairs at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, graduating summa cum laude. Lesly lives in Washington, D.C., in a bright green house with her husband and their cat.