As America's corn farmers harvest the largest crop in history, the National Corn Growers Association and its state affiliates have launched a new Web site and video contest to thank them for their efforts.
The Web site, www.farmersmatter.org, was created to thank farmers and help educate consumers about growers' dedication for producing the safest, most abundant food and feed supply on Earth, while also supplying the demands for cleaner-burning, renewable ethanol.
The site highlights interesting facts about farming, offers an interactive timeline, videos, downloadable badges for placement on blogs or social networking sites, and a video contest designed to thank farmers for their efforts.
Prizes totaling $2,500 will be awarded to a first and second place winner.
“Earlier this year the media was full of stories about a pending corn shortage and the impact higher corn prices were having on the consumer's pocketbook. In the midst of the largest corn harvest in history, we wanted to take a moment to thank our nation's corn growers for stepping up to meet demands for both our food and feed needs, as well as helping our nation become more energy independent,” says Ron Litterer, NCGA president.
Consumers, farmers and those in agribusiness are encouraged to visit the site, participate in the video contest, comment in the corn commentary discussion forum and use the Forward to a Friend icon to share the site and fun facts about agriculture with friends and family.