Monday, March 14, 2011

Bayer CropScience Honors Farmers’ Work with Food Bank Donations

Hunger relief through “Farm to Feed the World” program reaches nearly $19,000

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (March 14, 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 $2,055 to the Feeding America Tampa Bay food bank. The donations continue the program that works to decrease hunger in the face of a growing worldwide population.

At the 2011 Commodity Classic held March 3-5 in Tampa, 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, 411 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 selected the Feeding America Tampa Bay, which distributes nearly 19 million pounds of food each year in 10 Florida counties.

“The donation from Bayer CropScience helps us facilitate the flow of food to the hungry, including children, seniors and the working poor through other activities and programs,” says Pat Rogers, Executive Director of the food bank. “Our food bank helps to provide emergency food in 10 counties, through hundreds of charities and non-profit agencies in the West Central Florida area. 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.

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.”

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About Bayer CropScience
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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About Feeding America Tampa Bay
(formerly named America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay)
Founded in 1982, Feeding America Tampa Bay receives surplus food donations from growers, manufacturers, supermarkets and organized community food drives and distributes it to the hungry through a network of over 600 charitable organizations across West Central Florida. The Tampa-based food bank provided almost 19 million pounds of food to its 10-county service area in 2010.  Feeding America Tampa Bay is a member of the national Feeding America network.  www.feedingamericatampabay.org  

For more information, contact:

Beth Roden
External Communications Lead
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2030
Email: beth.roden@bayercropscience.com

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