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Source: Iowa Corn news release

The nation's top crop and the farm families who grow it return to the U.S. capital this summer for the sixth year in a row as part of the Corn Farmers Coalition educational program. Coalition advertisements debut across Washington today with a message of innovation, efficiency and productivity.

"The 11 largest corn crops in U.S. history have been grown in the last 11 years by family farmers. Corn is incredibly versatile and our ability to grow it so successfully has made huge contributions to our economy and balance of trade," said Grant Noland, an eight generation farmer from Blue Mound, Illinois.

"When people hear of this increased productivity in conjunction with the rapid environmental improvements coming from farms like ours, it gives them an important perspective on one our most important industries."

Noland's family is one of six farm families from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Kentucky who will be featured in the campaign representing farmers from across the nation.

Traditional and digital ads will run across various Washington media, including political trade publications, environmental publications, the Washington Post and the city's Metro transportation system through September. The goal of the campaign is to communicate a foundation of facts seen as essential to decision making, rather than directly influencing legislation and regulation.

"This direct outreach is putting a face on today's family farmers and raising overall awareness with legislators, leaders or governmental agencies from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Department of State, think tanks, lobbyists and environmental groups," said Martin Barbre, National Corn Growers Association president and a family farmer from Carmi, Illinois. "Awareness of the innovation, technology, and generations of accumulated knowledge on our farms today should be a part of our national dialogue about agriculture."

"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," said Quint Pottinger, a farmer from New Haven, Kentucky.

"Farming is something that we love. The dirt doesn't just stain our hands; it runs deep in our blood. We want to share our affinity for farming with our friends, neighbors, and community."

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