The World Soy Foundation (WSF) has launched the Acre Challenge, according to Executive Director Nathan Ruby, an invitation for farmers to donate proceeds from an acre of beans to “reduce malnutrition through the power of soy.”
Ruby was on hand at the recent national Soy and Grain Trade Summit to solicit support from commercial ag interests. Soyatech, an industry research/consulting firm and summit sponsor, provided $20,000 to spur corporate donations.
“We received our first gift from South Africa a few weeks ago,” Ruby told FarmWeek. “We’ve received funding from Guatemala, from the (soybean) growers association in Brazil. We’d love to have more farmers participate.”
WSF estimates an acre of beans (roughly 42 bushels) can meet the caloric needs of 80 people for a month.
Farmers can make a direct, tax-deductible soybean donation at their elevator or contribute the cash equivalent of an acre’s production. Visit WSF’s website -- www.worldsoyfoundation.org
-- for more information.