There is just a little under a month remaining for farmers to donate to the World Soy Foundation’s Acre Challenge campaign. The campaign, started by farmers, is a way for US soybean farmers to be part of the solution in solving the world’s hunger problem.
Indiana farmer Scott Fritz is chairman of the World Soy Foundation. He says taking part in the challenge is simple. “Go online to www.worldsoyfoundation.org,” he says. “Use a good acre – one of your best yields and assume we’re going to have a high price. Then write a check out that really helps move the needle.”
The goal this year is to raise $100,000 and with just less than a month remaining, he says The WSF is at 94 percent of their goal.
Currently the foundation’s top supporting state is Iowa with 65 donors giving over $16,000. Not far behind are farmers in Illinois that have given over $13,600 followed by farmers in Missouri with over $13,400 donated by 13 individuals.
Fritz tells Brownfield the idea for the Acre Challenge originated from an Indiana soybean farmer Jim Peterson. “It would be really great if Indiana farmers realized what a great idea Jim had and supported the challenge completely,” he says. “I don’t know exactly how many Indiana farmers we have donating – but Iowa has roughly 65 farmers donating. If we had 60 farmers step forward in Indiana we would be comfortably in the lead.”
The Acre Challenge Campaign ends September 30. To donate – visit www.worldsoyfoundation.org.