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Source: Agriculture Council of America news release

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) Foundation has agreed to assume the assets and selected programs of the National Farm-City Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing links between farm families and urban residents. With this action, the Farm-City Council will move to dissolve on a national level after decades of narrowing the "understanding gap" between urban and rural America on issues of mutual interest.

"The National Farm-City Council, in discussions with the ACA Foundation, determined that the two organizations have very similar missions - to promote the important role of agriculture in our society," says Hugh Whaley, chairman of the National Farm-City Council.

"Given that, the Council has decided to transfer its assets and responsibilities to ACA where these efforts to communicate the value of agriculture will continue. I am confident that the spirit of the mission of the National Farm-City Council will be carried on through the work of the ACA Foundation."

The ACA Foundation is the charitable arm of ACA. ACA is an organization uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture's vital role in society. The primary focus of ACA is to conduct the National Agriculture Day Program which occurs in March each year.

"The parallel missions of the two organizations will make this a smooth transition. The ACA Foundation is looking forward to carrying on the work of the Farm City Council," says Jennifer Pickett, president of the Agriculture Council of America.

Among the programs passing from the Farm-City Council to ACA is management of the annual Charles Eastin Outstanding Service Award and stewardship of the Farm-CityŽ trademark. The annual Farm-City Symposium will be worked into the elements of the National Ag Day program.

The Eastin award is presented to an outstanding individual who stands out as an advocate for accurate communications between rural and urban audiences. Recipients will now be selected and awarded by ACA.

Those interested in nominating candidates for the 2014 Charles Eastin Outstanding Service Award can do so by visiting

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