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Source: American Agri-Women news release sent via AgPR--the news distribution service for agriculture

American Agri-Women is celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with its "Drive Across America" and is pleased to announce Penobscot McCrum of Belfast, Maine, as a sponsor. The Drive Across America is a five-month educational and advocacy tour.

AAW is the nation's largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women. Penobscot McCrum is a vertically integrated company that specializes in every aspect of potatoes.

The McCrum family represents five generations of potato farmers who began in the northern Maine town of Mars Hill. As dedicated stewards of the land, the McCrums take great pride in their family's long-time commitment to integrity, sustainability and the highest quality standards. Today, the McCrum family enterprise spans the entire state and the family monitors quality from field to table, ensuring that the highest standards are met every step along the way.

"I'm so proud to be part of a family farming operation that looks to the future. My family's philosophy to food production matches American Agri-Women's philosophy of promoting our nation's safe, affordable and reliable food supply. I am so pleased to have the support of my family for this once-in-a-lifetime event," says AAW President Sue McCrum, whose husband, Jay, is president of Penobscot McCrum.

McCrum and other leaders will drive in a specially wrapped pick-up truck, participating in educational, network and advocacy events hosted by AAW's more than 50 affiliates. The Drive will finish at the 2015 annual convention in Portland, Maine.

Drive Across America Sponsors

Leading agriculture, agri-business and marketing organizations are sponsoring the Drive Across America:
◾McCain Foods USA processes potatoes from family farmers throughout North America.
◾ Bayer CropScience is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. A stop will be held on June 12 at Bayer's Bee Care Center in North Carolina.
◾Penobscot McCrum is a vertically integrated company that specializes in every aspect of potatoes.
◾The Renewable Fuels Assn. is the authoritative voice of the U.S. ethanol industry.
◾Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries dedicated to this purpose: Bringing plant potential to life.
◾CCI Marketing is a leading agricultural public relations and marketing firm and supports AAW with its AgPR news service.
◾ CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network supporting the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation's rural economy.
◾Valent USA develops and markets products that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health.
◾Freestyle Productions is a full-service event production company that produces dynamic videos, webcasts, events and more.
◾ Sunrise Agricultural Associates is global network of agricultural, legal and educational professionals.

Agri-Pulse Communications is media partner for the Drive. Agri-Pulse is a diversified communications firm that is a trusted farm and rural policy resource in Washington, D.C. Throughout the drive, follow Agri-Pulse Communications for news updates and special interviews.

AAW's more than 50 state and commodity affiliates are also supporting the campaign through events, financial support and more.

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