Corporate support key part in success of Foodgrains Bank growing projects

Thursday, October 26, 2017

With harvest nearing an end across Canada, growing projects that support Canadian Foodgrains Bank are sending in the proceeds from the sale of their crops—money that will be used to help people who don’t have enough to eat.

The over 250 growing projects across the country rely on volunteers to plant, tend and harvest a crop for the Foodgrains Bank. But they couldn’t do it without the support of local and national agriculture businesses.

“Across Canada, we estimate that over 1,300 businesses support the efforts of these local volunteers,” says John Longhurst, who directs communications and marketing for the Foodgrains Bank.

“Without them, the projects wouldn’t be nearly as successful.”

The assistance from the corporate sector includes seed, fertilizer and other inputs, trucking, handling and other services.

With their help, last year $6.6 million was raised by growing projects for the Foodgrains Bank.

New and notable corporate support this year included a donation of 42 acres of land by Viterra at two terminal locations in Stettler, AB and Balgonie, SK.

Next year the company will make available 374 acres at seven terminal locations in the two provinces.

Also new this year was a partnership with Ag-in-Motion, an outdoor trade show north of Saskatoon.

The show, which is owned and operated by Glacier Farm Media, donated 90 acres of land to the Foodgrains Bank. With assistance from Crop Production Services, soybeans were planted on the field and harvested by a local farmer; the proceeds were donated to the Foodgrains Bank.

“We are grateful each and every business that supported the Foodgrains Bank, big or small,” says Longhurst. “Their support makes the work of our growing projects possible.”

With support from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs, last year the Foodgrains Bank provided $41 million of assistance for 900,000 people in 35 countries.

A list of some of the Foodgrains Bank’s larger regular supporters is below.

BASF Canada
Bayer Crop Science
CMI Terminal Ltd.
Crop Production Services
Dow AgroSciences
DuPont Canada
Glacier Farm Media
Golden West
Great Sandhills Terminal
Hensall District Co-operative
Kell Grain
London Agricultural Commodities
Louis Dreyfus Company
Paterson Grain
Parrish and Heimbecker
Pioneer Hi-Bred Ltd
Richardson Pioneer
Syngenta Canada
Westlock Terminals

-John Longhurst, Director of Resource and Public Engagement