April 30, 2012 (ANKENY, IA)
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NEW Cooperative, Inc., Fort Dodge, Iowa, has joined the Iowa Food & Family Project as its newest food and agricultural advocacy partner.
“We welcome NEW Cooperative to the growing group of partners who are committed to sharing information with people interested in healthy food and the integrity of the farmers, processors and retailers who provide it,” says Aaron Putze, director of communications for the Iowa Soybean Association and coordinator of the Iowa Food & Family Project.
The goal of the Iowa Food & Family Project is to unite Iowans in conversations about food through personal engagement, advocacy and collaboration. It involves the support of nearly 30 farm, retail, business and food-relief organizations.
The Iowa FFP delivers on its mission by serving as Presenting Sponsor of the Iowa Games and supporter of Live Healthy Iowa. It engages Iowans by coordinating unique food and agricultural experiences at the Summer Iowa Games and Iowa State Fair and sponsoring the FFA “Planting A Seed” Grant Program and “Special Delivery. Homes. Help. Hope. For Haiti.”
“NEW Cooperative members understand and value efforts that connect farmers and consumers and are eager to support the Iowa Food and Family Project and become involved in its activities,” says Brent Bunte, NEW Coop general manager. “We’re also hopeful our participation will encourage other coops across the state to join in supporting efforts that inspire greater awareness and trust of today’s farmers and their commitment to providing wholesome food for everyone.”
Putze says the Iowa FFP and NEW Cooperative, along with the other Iowa FFP food-advocacy partners, will work together to sponsor and conduct communications and ag engagement programs across the state.
NEW Cooperative, Inc. (www.newcoop.com) is a farmer-owned grain, agronomy and feed cooperative headquartered in Fort Dodge, Iowa. As a leading Midwest agriculture retailer, NEW Cooperative is focused on being an innovative and efficient provider of today's agriculture markets and services to over 2,600 members through their 21 locations in Iowa.
The Iowa FFP (www.facebook.com/foodnfamilies) is a purpose-driven initiative created by the Iowa Soybean Association and is dedicated to inspiring greater awareness, understanding and trust between consumers and farmers through dialogue and purpose-driven activities. For more information about the Iowa Food & Family Project and its activities, go to www.iowafoodandfamily.com.