Agriculture is a critical part of the Illinois economy, and science plays an important role in propelling the future of farming. “Farm Progress Show is the largest outdoor farm show in the nation, and presents a great opportunity to meet people from the communities we serve year-round. That includes the next generation of innovators like the students at Jefferson Middle School, just a quick drive from our show booth in Decatur,” said Jones.
Supporting Delicious, Healthy Eating
Bayer’s relationship with Jefferson Middle School began with the donation of a salad bar to the school’s cafeteria, which allows students to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables year-round. “Bayer is committed to helping make positive impacts and enriching young people in the lunchroom as well as the classroom,” said Rob Schrick, strategic business management lead – horticulture, Bayer CropScience.
The donation is part of the company’s involvement, along with United Fresh Produce Association, in the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” initiative, which promotes healthy and responsible choices for school lunches. A day-long educational event about healthy eating is planned for Jefferson Middle School later this fall. The Jefferson Middle School is one of 11 schools nationwide to receive a salad bar as part of a grant from Bayer.
Taking Root in Communities
Additionally, Bayer is donating eight trees to community groups throughout Illinois, further grounding the company in prairie soil for generations to come.
“We like to help crops and communities grow, and we’re excited to continue our commitment to do both at this year’s Farm Progress Show,” said Calvin D. Brown, technical sales representative, Bayer CropScience. “We look forward to seeing the trees, as well as the groups that receive them, flo
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