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COLUMBUS — Local and visiting farmers donated hundreds of pounds of canned and nonperishable food items Sept. 19 for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.
The food drive was part of the Farm Science Review’s “Fifty Years of Forecasting the Future.”
Visitors who brought two or more cans of food to the review received one free pair of work gloves provided by Mid-American Glove Co.
“Farmers take the charge in feeding our world’s populations, and the Farm Science Review offers them the latest innovations for meeting this goal,” said Matthew Sullivan,
Assistant Manager of the Farm Science Review. “As the demand for food doubles over the next 40 years for a projected 9 billion population, both agriculture and charitable
giving will become even more vital for our world.”
FFA chapters from Miami Valley Career and Technical Center greeted attendees and collected donations.
Staff from the Farm Science Review thanked the donors for their efforts.
“This food drive only further emphasizes the enormously important role of the agriculture community in ending hunger,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. “As Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger, we could not be more grateful for the Farm Science Review’s leadership and support.”
The 600-plus exhibitors at the Review also recognized the need to use the event as an opportunity to showcase their solutions for feeding a growing population. Beck’s Hybrids of Atlanta, Ind., takes these three days to show their latest products that help fight weed resistance and also discuss the yield implications that follow.
“Beck’s is always looking to the future for new traits and genetics,” said Ashley Fischer, marketing associate for Beck’s. “We’re implementing products and programs that enable growers to increase yield. That greater harvest will in turn affect everyone.”
This year’s Farm Science Review was held Sept. 18-20. It attracts more than 140,000 visitors
from all over the country and Canada.