Bushels for Hunger helps farmers give back

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Farm Bureau, along with Troy Elevator, was pleased to present over $5,466 to four local organizations in Miami County.

Bureau members presented checks to West Milton FISH for $571.61 from wheat, St.Pat’s for $1,071.67 from corn, Covington Outreach for $3,523.14 from soybeans and Health Partners Free Clinic for $300 from soybeans. This is the sixth year of the Bushels for Hunger project that has donated more than $35,000 to local Miami County food banks.

The Bushels for Hunger project has been an opportunity for local farmers to give back to the community. During harvest when the farmer takes their grain to Troy Elevator, they are asked if they would like to donate bushels of beans, wheat or corn to the Bushels for Hunger program. In the past five years, the farm bureau has had a lot of support from local farmers.

This year, the farm bureau again partnered with the Miami County Park District and Health Partners Free Clinic. Both of these organizations donated land to grow soybeans. We had four acres at the Lost Creek Reserve and two acres behind the Free Clinic. Along with the land, we had all the seed, fertilizer and planting donated. We would like to thank the following people and companies for helping us in this great community project: Demmitt Dairy Farm, Dwayne Taylor Farms, Heritage Co-op, Harvest Land Co-op — Covington and Lena Ag Center.

“This has been an amazing partnership for the last six years between Miami County Farm Bureau and Troy Elevator. We are even more excited that our project has grown to include our own acreage with the Miami County Park District and Health Partners Free Clinic,” said Mandy Havenar, organization director for the Miami County Farm Bureau.

“To be able to say that in the last six years, we have raised over $35,000 for local people in need is a great feeling and says a lot about how our farmers in Miami County care about their community. As farmers get ready to start planting, we are thinking about how we can expand the program to help more people,” Havenar said.

For more information about this project, you can contact the Miami County Farm Bureau at (855) 335-1471 or visit www.facebook.com/MiamiFarmBureau to see other projects.