The two organizations announced a joint gift of $150,000 to the World Food Prize Foundation’s capital campaign for the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates. They also announced a five-year joint sponsorship of the Iowa Hunger Summit beginning in 2011. The announcements were made at the Hunger Luncheon during this year’s Iowa Hunger Summit by James E. Hohmann, FBL Financial Group’s Chief Executive Officer, and Craig A. Lang, President of the Iowa Farm Bureau and FBL’s Chairman of the Board.
“The issue of hunger is about so much more than food,” said Hohmann. “It’s about having choices. It’s about dignity and self-reliance. It goes beyond sustaining life and into quality of life. Ensuring the people of our communities have an available food supply – access to food when they need it – is essential, and that’s why we’ve come together with a common commitment to making a difference today.”
“Iowa farmers are always looking for ways to combine what we know with what we grow; that’s why even with the richest soils in the world, we embrace conservation, advances in seed and livestock genetics and innovations in science,” said IFBF President and fifth generation Iowa dairy farmer Craig Lang.
“We feel a responsibility to do our part to help keep the issue of food security in the spotlight, right here in the heartland and around the world,” Hohmann said. “We’re humbled by all Dr. Borlaug accomplished in service to people everywhere, and it’s our great honor to help celebrate and perpetuate his vision and leadership.”