Corn Farmers get exhibit at Smithsonian

Published 3:02 pm Tuesday, July 14, 2015

For seven years, the Corn Farmers Coalition advertising campaign has been telling the story of innovation and accomplishment represented by the nation’s family corn farmers. The CFC campaign is now being recognized by a 20-year display in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History that opened this month.

To mark the occasion and lend focus to this summer’s campaign, a dozen farmers hosted a tour of the American Enterprise exhibit and a special Farm-to-Table dinner at the museum Wednesday night. Attendees included by a broad array of Washington leadership representing elected officials, government agencies, environmental groups, think tanks and the media.

“Having this campaign on display in an institution like the Smithsonian validates the investment of farmer’s corn checkoff dollars to tell their story to this key audience of Washington decision makers,” said Chip Bowling, president of NCGA and a farmer from Newburg, Maryland. “It also amplifies our message and will be a constant reminder to the 2.3 million people expected to visit the exhibit annually for the next 20 years.”

“When we started this educational program, our research showed most of our Washington audience didn’t think family farmers even existed anymore, even though they grow 90 percent of the nation’s corn,” Bowling said. “When they learned the facts it opened their eyes to who owns and farms the land and how these multi-generational farmers are embracing change to become the most productive and efficient in the world.”

The coalition formed in 2008 to educate policy-makers in Washington about how tech-savvy, innovative farmers are growing more corn every year — for food, animal feed, ethanol and exports. The Corn Farmers Coalition uses facts from government and academics to document how farmers are using fewer resources and protecting the environment while growing productivity.


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