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AMERICAN AGRI-WOMEN PARTNERS WITH OHIO CORN & WHEAT ON 'DRIVE ACROSS AMERICA'
Source: American Agri-Women news release sent via AgPR--the news distribution service for agriculture

American Agri-Women, the nation's largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with its "Drive Across America," a five-month educational and advocacy tour. Ohio Corn & Wheat, a market development, education and political advocacy group for the state's grain farmers, is a sponsor of the Drive.

Ohio Corn & Wheat works to create opportunities for long-term Ohio corn and small grain grower profitability through two checkoff based organizations and one legislative entity, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. The Ohio Corn Checkoff and Ohio Small Grains Checkoff work to develop and expand markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and wheat, respectively.

Working with its national counterparts, the National Corn Growers Assn. and the National Assn. of Wheat Growers, the state group works to advocate for supportive public policy and engage with consumer audiences at a grassroots level to ensure a climate for grower success.

"Grassroots advocacy is among the best ways to influence change because it focuses on personal connections and shared experiences. We appreciate the work of Ohio Corn & Wheat in influencing policies that promote the future of agriculture. We are so pleased to have them as a sponsor of our Drive Across America," says AAW President Sue McCrum.

"Ohio Corn & Wheat is proud to support the American Agri-Women as they continue to advocate for agriculture and help lead our nation's agricultural industry," said John Hoffman, chairman of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff. "We congratulate them on their 40th anniversary and look forward to their visit to Ohio for this weekend's Preble County Pork Festival."

McCrum and other AAW leaders and members are driving 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.
◾Ohio Corn & Wheat is a market development, education and political advocacy group for the state's corn and wheat farmers.
◾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.

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


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