Local farmer donates sweet corn to Peoria Area Food Bank
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[September 04, 2013]
Food banks often struggle to
obtain fresh and nutritious food for their recipients, but thanks to
Logan County farmer Kent Kleinschmidt, the Peoria Area Food Bank
received 4,206 pounds of donated sweet corn. The food bank
distributes food to 113 locations in eight counties.
"The woman who runs the food bank was very enthused when I called to
tell her I was bringing them corn the next week," Kleinschmidt said.
Kleinschmidt tries to donate his time and gifts to different
organizations in his community, and he chose the Peoria Area Food
Bank because of its support for people in need. With the help of his
wife and son, his minister and the ministerís two teenage children,
and nine members of the Tazewell County Farm Bureau Young Leaders
Committee, the sweet corn was picked and delivered to the food bank.
"The Seminis Grow Forward project is a very rewarding program.
The food bank really appreciated the donation, and we had good
helpers to both pick and load the corn," said Kleinschmidt. "And
volunteers at the food bank helped unload all of the corn."
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Kleinschmidt was one of 160 farmers across the country to trial an
acre of Seminis Performance Series sweet corn seeds that were
donated through the Seminis Grow Forward project. As industry
leaders and agriculture advocates, the farmers who participated in
the project shared their sweet corn with family, friends and
community organizations to show how biotechnology benefits
agriculture and consumers. Seminis Performance Series sweet corn has
the same taste and nutritional value as other sweet corn but
requires fewer insecticide applications to manage insect pests.
"Consumers are interested in learning about food production from the
farmers who feed them," said Paulette Pierson, Monsanto director of
industry affairs. "The Grow Forward project allows farmers to share
stories with their communities about their way of life and the role
agricultural technology plays on their farms."
Monsanto news release]