Last Week the Corn Farmers Coalition announced a major educational program. Aimed at policymakers in Washington, the coalition’s goal is to inform the leaders who affect the fate of America’s family corn farmers.
Darrin Ihnen, president of the National Corn Growers Association, expresses the importance of agriculture awareness. “They [family farms] aren’t some myth, but are a critical economic engine that provides most of the food, feed and fiber produced in this country.” The educational program is aimed to express the foundational role farms have in America’s economy.
Corn Farmers Coalition launched its advertising campaign June 1. Putting prominent facts about family farmers in Capitol Hill publications, radio, frequently used web sites, the Metro and Reagan National Airport will all contribute to the coalition’s mission: “to put a face on today’s family farmers, showcase the productivity and environmental advances being made in the industry and provide factual information on how innovative and high tech corn farmers have become.”
Agriculture has taken a back seat long enough and now its time for everyone to really see what agriculture is. Policy makers need to know farmers are using advanced technology to produce more than ever on fewer resources.
The coalition will meet with media, members of Congress, environmental groups and others to talk about what’s ahead: how U.S. farmers, using the latest technologies, will continue to expand yields and how this productivity can be a bright spot in an otherwise struggling economy.
Read more about the program at the Corn Farmers Coalition home page.