MPBA 2ND QUARTER 2020 FOR WEB

Missouri Farmers Care

Learning at a distance has presented a unique set of challenges for education, including MFC’s Agriculture Education on the Move™ (AEOTM). Traditionally a ten-week, in-classroom ag literacy program for Missouri third graders, theAEOTM team has developed innovative and creative ways to connect with students learning virtually. AEOTM presents true pictures of the high standards of care and concern farmers, ranchers, dog breeders and everyone involved in agriculture invests in our land and our animals. Engaging with Missouri children is vital to rebutting false narratives presented by animal rights groups to school children across the country. AEOTM’s Story Time campaign on Facebook has reached thousands of households across Missouri and beyond, bringing stories of agriculture to the forefront. Visit the story time series, to see AEOTM educators, farmers and agricultural advocates in action. Launched April 10th, the series will conclude with Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe and Mrs. Kehoe. AEOTM educational resources for use during in-home education can be found on Facebook @AgEducationMoves or at www.agmoves.com/ resources. New Podcast - Stand for Ag with Missouri Farmers Care - to Launch Missouri Farmers Care is launching a new podcast, Stand for Ag, this summer! This podcast, syndicated weekly, will cover MFC programs, agricultural issues, agricultural leaders, andMFC partners.We look forward to sharing stories of agriculture in this increasingly popular format. Be on the lookout and tune into Stand for Ag with Missouri Farmers Care this summer! Leopold Conservation Award Applications Accepted Through June 30th Applications are now open for the 2020 Leopold Conservation Award, presented by the Sand County Foundation, Missouri Farmers Care, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This $10,000 award is in honor of Aldo Leopold, a renowned conservationist, and recognizes farmers, ranchers and foresters that inspire others with their dedication to

The Power of Partnership – Missouri Farmers Care The need for agriculture to connect with our communities continues to grow – keeping Missouri Farmers Care (MFC), our state’s coalition of over 40 Missouri agriculture groups engaged. Missouri Farmers Care was formed as a joint effort by Missouri’s farming and agriculture community to stand together for the men and women who provide the food and jobs on which our communities depend. Missouri Pet Breeders Association, engaged since the founding of the organization, remains important as the organization grows and evolves. Drive to Feed Kids Brings Protein to Food Insecure Families in Missouri The Missouri Farmers Care Drive to Feed Kids, with supporters from across Missouri agriculture, has partnered with the Missouri Pork Association to deliver 10,560 pounds of pork, over 48,000 servings, to food insecure families across Missouri. This first donation, made possible through the collaboration of Missouri Farmers Care (MFC), Missouri Pork Association, Central Missouri Meats and Sausages and partners across Missouri agriculture, comes in response to uncertainty being experienced across our state. With an increase in demand at food banks across Missouri, this summer’s Pork Partnership donations will be distributed to food banks across our state through Feeding Missouri. This partnership comes at a unique time, as many pork processing plants in the United States are booked through 2020 and pork producers are challenged by decreased processing availability. One in five Missourians face food insecurity, and this number has heightened with recent increases in unemployment. Missouri agriculture is committed to working together to help lessen the complex issue of food insecurity in our state. The Drive to Feed Kids campaign, which culminates at the Missouri State Fair in August, is part of this solution. In 2019, 4.3 million meals were donated through the Drive. To find out more about this initiative, visit www.mofarmerscare. com/drive. Ag Education on the Move Goes Virtual

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