Farm Progress Show helps fill food shelves
BOONE — The sixth annual America’s Farmers Food Drive, sponsored by Monsanto, in conjunction with Penton Farm Progress and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation returns to the Farm Progress Show, today through Thursday in Boone. Since 2009, more than 100,000 pounds of food have been collected and donated through the food drive.
FFA and 4-H students will receive free admission with a minimum donation of five nonperishable food items per student. The top three FFA chapters and 4-H clubs, measured in pounds of food donated, will each receive a $250 donation from Monsanto. Donations will be accepted at gates across the show grounds and will benefit local hunger relief organizations.
Additionally, for every pound of food collected, Monsanto will donate $1, up to $10,000, to United Way of Story County, and the HGBF will donate $1, up to $10,000, to Feeding America.
Statistics show that 15.5 percent of rural households are food insecure. That means an estimated 3.1 million households lack dependable access to affordable, nutritious food.
“Although America’s farmers work day in and day out to feed the growing population, there are still nearly a billion people who go to bed hungry each night,” said Howard G. Buffett, HGBF president. “The America’s Farmers Food Drive is an opportunity for farmers, community members and ag youth to help feed their families, friends and neighbors.”
The 2014 Farm Progress Show takes place today through Thursday east of Boone. The exhibit field is open to visitors 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. The public is welcome.
For a full schedule of events and more detailed information, visit www.FarmProgressShow.com.
After the show Wednesday, take in the country music concert headlined by Jerrod Niemann with special guest Craig Campbell. Full ticket information and additional details about the concert are available online at www.FarmProgressShow.com.
The concert is a separate event and a separate admission ticket is needed.