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AgDay Daily Recap -December 31, 2013

December 31, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

DECEMBER 31, 2013

 

CONVERSATION WITH THE BUFFETTS:

IT'S A CONVERSATION WITH THE BUFFETTS. THESE PHILANTHROPISTS AND AMERICAN FARMERS ARE USING THEIR EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD, AND A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE TO HELP FEED THE WORLD'S HUNGRY. PLUS, TRAVEL ALONG ON A TRIP TO AFGHANISTAN--TO WITNESS THESE CHALLENGES FIRST HAND. GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT'S NOT OFTEN YOU GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIT ACROSS FROM ONE IF NOT SOON TO BE TWO, OF THE WEALTHIEST MEN IN THE WORLD. NOR IS IT COMMON FOR THEM TO BE MORE CONFORTABLE DISCUSSING FALL HARVEST AND SOIL SCIENCE THAN BATTLEING A FRESH CROP OF ANALYSTS FROM WALL STREET. BUT FOR HOWARD G. BUFFETT AND HIS SON HOWARD W, LIFE REVOLVES AROUND AGRICULTURE.

FARMER PRIORITIES:

FOR BUFFETT, PART OF THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING A FARMER, IS FOUND IN STEWARDSHIP.  GOOD STEWARDSHIP OF THE LAND AND RESOURCES USED TO GROW THE CROPS AND FOODS THAT FEED A HUNGRY WORLD. BACK IN 2006 WARREN BUFFETT TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS GIVING HIM 3 BILLION DOLLARS TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING GREAT--THAT'S WHEN HE CREATED THE HOWARD G BUFFETT FOUNDATION---AN ORGANIZATION'S WITH THE SOLE FOCUS OF FINDING HUNGER SOLUTIONS...NOT JUST FEEDING PEOPLE. PART OF HIS EFFORTS HAVE BEEN HERE AT HOME--WORKING TO EDUCATE HIS NEIGHBORS AND OTHER AMERICAN FARMERS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD SOIL MANAGMENT.

WORLD HUNGER:

HOWARD BUFFETT SAYS HES COMMITTED TO SOLVING GLOBAL FOOD INSECURITY.

AND HE'S PUTTING HIS ACTIONS AND HIS MONEY BEHIND THE EFFORT. PART OF THAT DECISION STEMS FROM HIS TRAVELS AS A PHOTOGRAPHER -- SEEING THE AFFECTS OF HUNGER THROUGH THE LENS OF HIS CAMERA.

AFGHANISTAN:

A COUPLE YEARS AGO, THE BUFFETTS AND FARM JOURNAL'S FARMERS FEEDING THE WORLD FOUNDATION TRAVELED TO THE WAR TORN LAND OF AFGHANISTAN TO SEE FIRST HAND THE IMPACT OF FOOD INSECURITY.

FARM DONATION:

FOR NEARLY FOUR YEARS, THE FARM JOURNAL FOUNDTION HAS BEEN REACHING OUT TO FARMERS AND BUSINESSES TO HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN GLOBAL HUNGER. THE MARKETING COMPANY ADFARM RESPONDED TO THE CALL.

WES MILLS HAS OUR STORY.

CLOSING THOUGHTS:

AS THE BUFFETT FOUNDATION CONTIUES ITS PURSUIT OF ENDING GLOBAL HUNGER HOWARD G AND HOWARD W BOTH SAY THEY WON'T WAIT FOREVER. WITH 3 BILLION DOLLARS--GIFTED FROM WARREN BUFFETT, THE FOUNDATION PLANS TO PUT ITSELF OUT OF BUSINESS. A FORTY YEAR DEADLINE TO SPEND THE MONEY AND FIX THE PROBLEM.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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