Milestone Year

December 8, 2012 03:51 PM
Milestone Year

Thanks to support from farmers, foundations and agribusinesses, Farmers Feeding the World makes a difference

A whirlwind of activity and growing support this year allowed Farmers Feeding the World, the Farm Journal Foundation’s initiative, to march ahead on its mission, which centers on three needs: providing hunger relief, creating ag development for sustainable hunger solutions and communicating the need for modern agriculture in the fight against hunger.

"We’re pleased to bring agriculture together in an effort that stretches from corner to corner of our industry," says Andrew Weber Jr., chairman of the Foundation. "We’re especially proud of the impact we’re having with the youth and our next generation of leaders, who will continue the effort to feed our world."

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Every dollar donated by an individual goes straight to our mission, whether the donation is $10, $100, $1,000, $10,000 or more. Thanks to contributions from farmers, foundations, agribusinesses and community fundraisers, the grassroots effort accomplished the following in 2012:

  • Supported a $1 million donation to Heifer International to help feed the hungry in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Launched the inaugural HungerU Tour in the fall, visiting seven college campuses and the National FFA Convention. Made possible by support from DuPont Crop Protection, the Tour educated college students, academia and all who eat about the pivotal role ag plays in feeding the world’s  burgeoning population. Many stops included evening Food Forums. The Tour was a pilot program for a future tour targeting non-ag colleges.

  • Provided funding for a $500,000 grant program that awarded up to $2,500 each to 140 FFA chapters. The partnership with the National FFA Organization was possible with matching funds  from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The FFA: Food For All grants gave chapters incentive to start sustainable community hunger solutions, which created $14.70 in return for every $1 granted. The Checotah, Okla., chapter was honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change."

  • Participated in the "Celebration of Ag" fundraiser in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, an effort that is inspiring others to host grassroots events that benefit Farmers Feeding the World.

  • Hosted a breakfast at the World Food Prize event.

  • Sponsored AgDay’s "Harvest of Thanks" TV special.

  • Conducted face-to-face meetings with policymakers, including power brokers such as House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Ag Committee chair Debbie Stabenow.

  • Teamed up with Agri-Pulse to host a Freshman Roundtable for first-term lawmakers.

  • Partnered with the Alliance to End Hunger to host an Ag Briefing on Capitol Hill.

  • Hosted a Farm Journal Forum on "The Election’s Impact on Modern Agriculture’s Ability to Feed the World."

A special thank-you to our readers, who continue to support the Foundation. That generosity is one more example of how farmers are leading the charge to feed the world.

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The HungerU Tour’s interactive exhibit visited seven college campuses and the National FFA Convention in its inaugural trip this fall. In addition to reaching thousands of students, the Tour was covered extensively in mainstream media.

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Not only did the Central Hardin FFA chapter, one of the grant winners, provide fresh produce to local food pantries in Elizabethtown, Ky., it is also working with members of the Kentucky National Guard.


To learn more about Farmers Feeding the World’s 2012 activities, including videos and photos, visit



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