Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bayer CropScience Honors Farmers’ Work

Company supports hunger relief through “Farm to Feed the World” program

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., January 5, 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 $3,750 to two Georgia food banks. The donations continue the program that works to decrease hunger in the face of a growing worldwide population.

At the 2011 Beltwide Cotton Conference in Atlanta Jan. 4-7, Bayer CropScience asked cotton growers and industry professionals to join the effort of Farm to Feed the World by pledging to increase yields and improve crop quality while minimizing their environmental impact. From growers around the country, approximately 750 commitment signatures were collected for the effort. For every signature collected, Bayer CropScience donated $5 to local Feeding America food banks.

“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 split the total donation among two Georgia food banks: Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Golden Harvest Food Bank in Augusta, Ga. All together the two food banks distribute approximately 40 million pounds of food annually through their partner agencies.

“The donation from Bayer CropScience helps us facilitate the distribution of food to the hungry, including children, seniors and the working poor through our more than 700 partner agencies in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia,” says Bill Bolling, executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “We’ve had an increase of 42 percent already this fiscal year, so we applaud the efforts of corporations such as Bayer CropScience to help us meet the demand. The attention to an issue as important and big as hunger speaks of the company’s commitment to a better tomorrow.”

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.

For the 2011 season, Bayer will bring new products that can help increase yields to the market, including Glytol cotton varieties, 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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Press Release #: USA-BCS-2011-0007

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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 6.5 billion (2009), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 18,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

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