The photo is courtesy of Stewart Newcomer. He is busy setting up the program in Wayne County. He visited Africa as part of the program and brought ideas back with him to get farmers involved.
Talking to as many farmers as I do on a regular basis, one thing I can say is that I have not come across one who is not proud to be feeding the world. Whether livestock producers or grain farmers, they aren’t afraid to tell you they are working to provide a food supply.

It didn’t hit me until I was doing a story about the Food Resource Bank, how true the statement really is: Farmers do feed the world. And a group in Wayne County is trying to make sure it happens on an even bigger scale.

The Food Resource Bank is a program trying to increase in size in Wayne County. They want farmers to donate the use of land and are also looking for businesses to pay for the inputs. It’s not all grain farming, either. Some of it is produce. In other areas, some farmers raise cattle and provide the beef for the poor nations.

The end result: A food supply for those that need it.

The program, which is worldwide, is gaining momentum from many farmers in Canada. It’s been around for 10 years and it brings farmers and businesses together to get the job done.

It provides some type of food supply for the people in Africa, Asia, Mexico and South America. The farmers in those countries are also taught production skills so that they can find a way to grow a good source for their people using their climate.

The program is a win-win and that’s not something that can be said too often. It utilizes what farmers do best here in the United States, supplying food and helping those in impoverished nations to develop skills necessary to do the same.

I would say this to any farmer who wants to get involved: You can definitely be proud to say you are supplying the world with food.

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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