Guest Blog Post: Corn Growers Speak-up by Jen Gillespie

July 8, 2010 at 11:36 am 1 comment

Today’s guest blog post comes from Jen Gillespie, a recent graduate from Kansas State University and intern for the USDA! Enjoy!

Every day I ride the Washington Area Metro Rail to and from work, as well as almost anywhere else in the city I need to go that’s not within walking distance. Of course, just like any city, the metro stations and “tubes” in D.C. are filled with large advertisements for assorted cell phone companies, clothing lines, and name brand this-and-that. But just last week, I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped of the metro and saw this:

America’s corn growers are speaking out to D.C. urbanites about America’s largest crop. This past week, a $1 million advertising campaign was launched through the Corn Farmers Coalition, an alliance of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and 14 state corn associations. The overall aim of the Corn Farmers Coalition is to educate policy-makers in Washington about how innovative farmers are growing more corn every year with fewer resources, all while working to protect the environment.

I first heard about this ad campaign through a link to an article on the In the article, NCGA First Vice-President Darrin Ihnen comments “Corn farmers have a great story to tell and we intend to tell it.” Kurt Hora, an Iowa native and one of the farmers featured in the ad campaign, adds “We feel it’s important to promote the products that we raise and show to our consumers that we raise them in a safe and affordable way and environmentally friendly manner.” The campaign is backed by check-off funds from growers in the organizations and in my opinion is a very worth-while investment.

I just wanted to take a few minutes to share this awesome story about how our Nation’s corn farmers are reaching out to the urban residents of D.C. This is a small step, but a great one and certainly in the right direction! Below are the other Ads seen throughout the D.C. metro system.

Have a great week!!!




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