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Off to a Strong Start

December 10, 2011
By: Charlene Finck, Farm Journal Editor
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FFA members were enthusiastic to learn how they can do their part to fight hunger.  

Thanks to support from farmers like you, foundations and companies, Farmers Feeding the World gets traction in year one

Just one year ago, the newly created Farm Journal Foundation launched an ambitious effort to rally agriculture around three critical needs: providing hunger relief, creating agricultural development for sustainable hunger solutions and communicating the importance of modern agriculture in the fight against hunger. Aptly named Farmers Feeding the World, the nonprofit campaign unites farmers, agribusiness and organizations to make a meaningful difference in each of those three areas.

"The world needs to increase both hunger relief and food production," says Andrew J. Weber Jr., chairman of the Foundation. "Farmers Feeding the World is about agriculture coming together to do just that. We’re committed to alleviating hunger and standing up for farmers’ freedom to operate."

The grassroots effort brings agriculture together in a manner that makes every dollar count, whether the donation is $10, $1,000, $10,000 or more. Our goal is to raise $20 million annually. Thanks to hundreds of farmers, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Growmark, we’re off to a strong start.

Most importantly, we’re delivering on our promise to make a difference. In the first year of operation, the philanthropic effort has:

  • donated $1 million to Heifer Inter-national to help feed the hungry in the U.S. and abroad.
     
  • traveled with a delegation to Afghanistan and Iraq to witness the important agricultural development work being done by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the U.N. World Food Program and the Norman Borlaug Institute. A report from the trip was featured during a breakfast at the World Food Prize event.
     
  • partnered with the National FFA Organization’s Feeding the World– Starting at Home program, with matching funds from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, to provide a minimum of $500,000 annually. The "FFA: Food for All" program awards 130 to 160 grants of up to $2,500 each to FFA chapters starting a service project focused on fighting hunger.
     
  • created an interactive mobile exhibit to educate consumers on the importance of modern agriculture. Stops this year included the Indy 500, CMA Music Festival, Taste of Chicago and National FFA Convention.
     
  • sponsored "A Day in Agriculture" on AgWeb.com, which showcased where food comes from by providing firsthand reports from fields, barns and businesses in agriculture.
     
  • sponsored TV specials, such as AgDay’s annual "Harvest of Thanks."
     
  • conducted visits on Capitol Hill. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind), House Ag Committee chairman Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) have endorsed the effort.
     
  • teamed up with USDA and the Bipartisan Policy Center to host a national seminar in Washington, D.C.
     
  • joined the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as a sponsor of the Farm Journal Forum on "Securing Global Food Security with Sustainability."
     

We’re proud of the progress, but like most big projects, we can use help. Join us and your neighbors to see what we can accomplish together.

Here's how to donate.

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FEATURED IN: Farm Journal - December 2011
RELATED TOPICS: FFW News

 
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