Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Food & Animal Issues Center Gets Donation

A New Partner in Animal Rights Battle
Farm Bureau's Center for Food and Animal Issues gets big donation from Farm Credit Services of Mid-America.
By: Compiled by staff
Published: Aug 17, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's newly created Center for Food and Animal Issues received a significant boost recently thanks to a $100,000 donation approved by the Board of Directors for Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, a $15.5 billion agriculture lending cooperative serving over 85,500 farmers and rural residents.

The center was created in May to bring together diverse interests including farmers, consumers, zoos, hunters, researchers and pet owners to make sure all voices are heard as decisions about animals are considered. The center will develop programs and partnerships that promote dialog among all stakeholders who benefit from animals in their lives.

"It seems logical that as an agricultural lender, we would get behind the Farm Bureau's initiative. Many of our board members are livestock farmers themselves and wholeheartedly support the objectives of the Center, feeling that changes or advancements in animal well-being guidelines should be based on expert analysis, economic feasibility and sound information," says Donnie Winters, president and chief executive officer for FCS. Read More

One of the trends that I have been noticing lately is that several industries that depend on animal agriculture are starting to more actively support it. Either through donations like the one that Farm Credit Services of Mid-America recently made or by helping us tell our story in other ways. These partnerships are very important in order for all of us to be successful in ensuring and protecting our domestic food supply.

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