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Campbell Soup Company Continues to Demonstrate Support for American Farmers by Helping to Preserve Historic Indiana Barn

Help Grow Your Soup Program Supports National FFA Organization

CAMDEN, N.J., Apr 20, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –As part of Campbell’s Help Grow Your Soup program,hundreds
of local high school students, community members and National FFA Alumni
teamed up with Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) over the past
weekend to restore the 100-year-old barn on the Dull Family Farm in
Thorntown, Ind. The project on the post-and-beam constructed barn
entailed fixing doors, replacing windows and flooring, installing a
staircase to the loft and applying a fresh coat of bright red paint.

The barn on the Dull Family Farm, which was used for seed and hay
storage dating back to the early 1900s, was selected by the public
through an online vote and is the second of five historic barns to be
preserved this spring through the national Help Grow Your Soup
program. Preserving barns is one way that Campbell recognizes the
American farms and farmers who grow the high-quality ingredients that go
into each can of Campbell’s(R)condensed soup.

“Barns are a reminder of our country’s rich farming heritage and are
truly a sense of pride for farming families like ours,” said barn owner,
Tom Dull. “It is wonderful that a company like Campbell is committed to
supporting the American farming industry and is excited to share stories
like ours.”

Photos, videos and stories of the 10 nominated barns were featured on
the program website, HelpGrowYourSoup.com,
from October through December, 2009. People voted for their favorite
story, and the Dull Family Farm was one of the top five barns in the
online voting. More than 375,000 votes were cast for the nominated
barns, and the five winning barns will be preserved as follows:

  • Providence Grove H.S. Farm in Climax, N.C.: Preserved April 9-11
  • The Dull Family Farm in Thorntown, Ind.: Preserved April 15-18
  • The Just Wait and See Farm in Union Bridge, Md.: To be preserved May
    7-9
  • The Bowers School Farm in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.: To be preserved
    June 4-6
  • The Augie Fudala Farm in Bark River, Mich.: To be preserved June 10-12

“We try to teach our students about the vital agricultural industry and
the impact Indiana farming has on the country’s food supply,” said
Patrick Padgett, Clinton Prairie High School FFA advisor. “The barn
preservation is not only a great way for local students to learn the
value of mentoring and get leadership experience on a farm, but it also
shows them how iconic companies like Campbell recognize the importance
of the future of the American farming industry and of growing fresh
produce.”

Campbell and FFA: Growing Support for American Agriculture

In addition to the barn preservations, Campbell, through the Help
Grow Your Soup
campaign, has donated a total of $500,000 to FFA to
promote educational programs that help students explore the many
opportunities that modern agriculture offers. The program also provides
the training necessary for students to become future leaders in the
industry.

Campbell launched the Help Grow Your Soup campaign in 2008 by
establishing a partnership with FFA to help raise awareness for the
importance of farming and support agriculture education. Campbell and
FFA have previously restored five barns across the country and planted
community gardens in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Camden,
N.J. Additional details about the Help Grow Your Soup program and
Campbell’s partnership with FFA, visit HelpGrowYourSoup.com.

About Campbell Soup Company

Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of
high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup, baked snacks and
healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of marketleading
brands including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott’s” and “V8.”
For more information on the company, visit Campbell’s website at www.campbellsoup.com.

About The National FFA

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of
America, is a national youth organization of 506,199 student members –
all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and
technology of agriculture – as part of 7,429 local FFA chapters in all
50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA
Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the
growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA
mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by
developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and
career success through agricultural education. The National FFA
Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st
Congress of the United States, and is an integral part of public
instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides
leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and
local agricultural education programs. Visit www.ffa.org
for more information.

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SOURCE: Campbell Soup Company

Campbell Soup Company
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