Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bayer CropScience Donates “Leave A Better World” Sculpture To The National Agricultural Center & Hall Of Fame

Sculpture Promotes Museum’s Mission Of Agricultural Appreciation And Innovation
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KANSAS CITY, MO. (April 22, 2015) – Committed to fulfilling its mission of “Science For A Better Life,” Bayer CropScience unveiled the “Leave a Better World” sculpture at the National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary grand reopening on Saturday, April 18. During the Farm Progress Show 2014, Bayer CropScience created the sculpture out of recycled materials, with the artists’ progress on the sculpture displayed on site throughout the tradeshow. The sculpture was donated in full to the National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame, where it will reside permanently.

Artists Amandine Drouet, Dena Light Peake, Ruth Standford and Mike Wsol, volunteered their time to create and install the sculpture, made entirely from recycled materials. Structured as an iconic raftered roof barn, the sculpture signifies the company’s strong commitment to sustainability and dedication to the values of American agriculture in both business and academia.

Created by a rare federal charter signed in 1960 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame is largely funded by private and corporate donations. After closing during the 2014 season for renovations, grand reopening event featured remarks from the museum’s board of directors, Bonner Springs Mayor Jeff Harrington and Edwardsville Mayor John McTagart. Additional activities included a Barnyard Babies live animal exhibit, live observational bee hives and seed packet giveaway supporting the Bayer CropScience  Feed A Bee initiative to help increase forage areas for bees.

“We are so excited that Bayer selected the National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame as the new location for the ‘Leave a Better World’ sculpture,” said Dawn Gabel, museum director. “This impressive work of art is sure to inspire our visitors to think about the relationship between agriculture and sustainability and what we can do to improve the world for our future generations."

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About The National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame
The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, or the Ag Center as it is more commonly known, became a reality when it was issued a federal charter by an act of the 86th Congress and signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 31, 1960. This rare federal charter, an historic beginning the institution shares with organizations like the American Red Cross, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Future Farmers of America, charged the Ag Center to serve as the "national" museum of agriculture and a memorial to farming leaders. Although the museum was created by federal action, it receives no appropriation from local, state, or federal government. The Center is entirely funded by private and corporate donations, and revenue generated by admissions, memberships, special events, and facility rental.

About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 9,494 million (2014) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 23,100 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

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Bayer CropScience Media Hotline, 1-862-404-5118, or

Greg Coffey
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (816) 242-2340
Email: greg.coffey@bayer.com

Erin Smith
MMI
Tel: (919) 233-6600
Email: erin@mmipublicrelations.com

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