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ILLINOIS FARM FAMILY HIGHLIGHTED IN NATIONAL AG EDUCATION CAMPAIGN

Published: Mon. Jun 4th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT: Tricia Braid

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Lamoreux Family Helps Raise Awareness about Importance of Agriculture                                 

Bloomington, ILL -- The nation’s top crop and the farm families who grow it returned to the U.S. capital for the fourth year in a row as part of the Corn Farmers Coalition educational program that debuted June 1 at Union Station, an important venue for reaching policymakers inside “The Beltway.”

Corn farmers from 14 states and the National Corn Growers Association are supporting the Corn Farmers Coalition (CFC) program to introduce a foundation of facts seen as essential to decision making, rather than directly influencing legislation and regulation.

This year, the Lamoreux family of Lanark, was chosen to participate in the CFC campaign. Lou Lamoreux along with his father, Russell, brother, John, son, Nathan and nephew, Dan make up the partnership.

“CFC is targeting the eyes and ears of lawmakers, federal agencies and other influential audiences around Washington, D.C. so they understand that family corn farmers make a huge contribution to our nation and its economy,” said Lou Lamoreux, who also serves as District II Director for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. “Through this outreach we can share facts and information and help educate everyone about the importance and impact of today’s farmers.”

The Corn Farmers Coalition is launching its major advertising campaign by taking over every available ad space at Union Station. The effort will also put prominent facts about family farmers in Capitol Hill publications, radio, frequently used websites, and other Metro locations in June and July.

Direct outreach by farmers puts a face on today's family farmers and helps raise overall awareness with legislators, think tanks, lobbyists, environmental groups and governmental agencies -- from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Department of State.  NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said awareness of the innovation, technology, and generations of accumulated knowledge on farms today should be a part of our national dialogue about agriculture.

“The response to the CFC’s proactive efforts to educate key audiences in Washington has been extremely positive since its inception,” said Niemeyer, an Illinois farmer. “As urban and suburban America gets further removed from the agricultural roots that made our nation strong, it becomes ever more important to reach out and maintain this connection.”

The coalition will meet with media, members of Congress, environmental groups and others to talk about farming’s bright future: how U.S. farmers, using the latest technologies, will continue to meet the demands of a growing population and how this productivity can be a bright spot in an otherwise struggling economy.

For more information, or to view the CFC ads, visit: www.cornfarmerscoalition.org.

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