Friday, April 1, 2011

Bayer CropScience Donation Provides 2,800 Meals to Great Plains Food Bank

Hunger relief through “Farm to Feed the World” program reaches nearly $19,000
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Fargo, N.D. (April 1, 2011) – To honor the growers and agriculture industry professionals who work to produce more food at a higher quality as part of a Bayer CropScience initiative called Farm to Feed the World, Bayer CropScience donated $2,560 to the Feeding America Great Plains food bank. The donation continues the program that works to decrease hunger in the face of a growing worldwide population.

At the North Dakota Ag Show held late in 2010, Bayer CropScience asked farmers to join the effort of Farm to Feed the World by pledging to increase yields and improve crop quality while minimizing their environmental impact. At the event, 512 commitment signatures were collected for the effort. For every signature collected, Bayer CropScience donated $5 to local Feeding America food bank. This money provides 2,800 meals or $23,040 worth of quality and nutritious food to children, seniors and working families struggling with hunger.

“At Bayer CropScience, we strive to help growers meet the ever-increasing demand for affordable and high quality food, feed and fiber,” says Bill Buckner, President and CEO of Bayer CropScience. “As we continue to develop crop solutions that help U.S. producers boost their yields, the donations to local food banks fight hunger right here, right now.”

Bayer CropScience selected the Great Plains Food Bank, which distributes nearly 6 million pounds of food each year in 54 counties.

“The donation from Bayer CropScience helps us provide food to 1 in 11 individuals that seek assistance from the Great Plains Food Bank – 40 percent of those being children,” says Marcia Paulson, director of marketing and development. “This donation will provide resources for the Food Bank’s network of 270 food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and other charitable feeding programs operating in 96 different communities.”

The Farm to Feed the World initiative does not end with the food bank donations, reminds Buckner. “Bayer CropScience is committed to the challenge through on-going initiatives in innovation, sustainability and education,” he says.

To date, food banks in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, North Dakota, Florida and Kentucky have received donations totaling nearly $19,000 to supplement emergency food programs for thousands of children, seniors and families in the communities and states where Bayer CropScience does business.

For the 2011 season, Bayer will bring new products that can help increase yields to the market, including Stratego® YLD fungicide and Poncho®/VOTiVO seed treatment on corn and soybeans, and Capreno® herbicide for corn. The company is engaged in sustainability programs like Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action, designed to improve and promote better cropping systems for the environment and farmers’ profitability, and Respect the Rotation, an industry initiative designed to preserve agriculture technology and prevent weed resistance in key crops. And commitments to education, such as annual support of FFA and the new GRAD scholarship and internship program, serve to inspire and train the next generation of scientists and agriculturalists.

“We’re pleased with the number of members of the agriculture industry who showed their commitment to increase yields and decrease hunger,” says Buckner. “All these commitments have an integral role as we look to the task before us, as an industry, to provide safe and affordable food to a growing world population.”

Bayer CropScience is a company committed to bringing new technology to the forefront of crop production. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, growers should visit their retailer, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at www.bayercropscience.us.

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About Bayer CropScience
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About Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank strives for a hunger-free North Dakota and western Minnesota by recovering surplus food and grocery product, distributing it to hungry individuals through a statewide network of charitable feeding programs, engaging community partners in the fight to end hunger, and advocating for social change.

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