KCC Supports Coalition to Provide Facts on Modern Family Farms

The Corn Farmers Coalition announced today they will return to Washington this summer with a major educational program aimed at policymakers and opinion leaders who affect the fate of America’s family corn farmers.

“The Kansas Corn Commission was one of the original partners in this effort that is now in its second year,” according to Kansas Corn Commission Chairman Mike Brzon of Courtland. “This is purely an educational effort that aims to give decision makers in Washington, DC correct, factual information about corn farming in America.”

The Kansas Corn Commission (KCC), along with 13 other states and the National Corn Growers Association are supporting the Corn Farmers Coalition program to introduce a foundation of facts seen as essential to decision making, rather than directly influencing legislation and regulation. Sue Schulte, KCC Communications Director, serves on the Corn Farmers Coalition steering committee.

“The vast majority of farms in America, and 95 percent of corn farms specifically, continue to be family owned and operated ventures. They aren’t some myth, but are a critical economic engine that provides most of the food, feed and fiber produced in this country,” said Darrin Ihnen, president of the National Corn Growers Association.  “This awareness is important to our survival.”

“Our mission is to put a face on today’s family farmers, showcase the productivity and environmental advances being made in the industry, provide factual information on how innovative and high tech corn farmers have become,” said Ihnen. “This is a corn farmer image effort designed for thought leaders in Washington.  When all the business news out there seems to be negative, corn farmers have a great story to tell.”

The Corn Farmers Coalition will launch a major advertising campaign June 1, that will put prominent facts about family farmers in Capital Hill publications, radio, frequently used web sites, the Metro and Reagan National Airport. The program, which puts a focus on family farmers telling their story, will continue until Congress recesses in August.

“Washington needs to know corn farmers are using some of the most advanced technologies on the planet to do more with less — to grow more corn using fewer resources every year,” said Mark K. Lambert, director of the Corn Farmers Coalition. “American corn farmers, the majority of them small family businesses, are among the most productive in the world.”

Although the campaign is developed to educate decision makers in the nation’s capitol, materials from the Corn Farmers Coalition will be used by states across the country, including Kansas.

“This is a great resource for us in Kansas and elsewhere. Even in corn states like ours, many people don’t know facts that we take for granted, like the fact that family farms make up 95 percent of all corn farms,” Brzon said. “This program had a big impact last year, and we are looking to build on that success with an even more visible campaign this summer.”

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.

For more information or to view the CFC ads go: http://www.cornfarmerscoalition.org

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