More than 375,000 Votes Help Preserve Barns and Support the Future of American FarmingCAMDEN, N.J., Jan 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Barns are a cornerstone of the American farm and a symbol of the
country’s essential agriculture industry. This spring, celebrating the
company’s Help Grow Your Soup(TM) program, Campbell Soup Company
(NYSE:CPB), the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers
of America) and the National FFA Alumni Association will preserve and
renovate five notable barns, selected by the public through an online
vote. The program spotlights Campbell’s dedication to the farmers that
grow good food, like the wholesome ingredients that go into each can of Campbell’s(R)
condensed soup, and its commitment to the future of the American
Through this campaign, Campbell has donated a total of $500,000 to FFA
to promote educational programs that help students explore the many
opportunities that modern agriculture offers and become future leaders
in the industry. A robust online effort engaged more than 17,000 fans on Facebook
who shared stories from the nominated farms including videos and images
of the barns, fostering support from local communities and prompting
more than 375,000 votes for the ten nominated barns.
“These ten historic barns are a reminder of the importance of the
agriculture industry to our economy and generations of Americans,” said
Eric Christianson, Business Director, Campbell’s condensed soup.
“Campbell is thrilled by the groundswell of interest in the Help Grow
Your Soup program. We’re committed to helping future generations of
farmers preserve their family’s farming legacy while they continue to
provide the quality ingredients that have been used to make Campbell’s
condensed soups since 1897.”
The Votes Have Been Tallied
From the rolling hills of North Carolina to the cornfields of Indiana,
the five barns that will be preserved this year by Campbell, FFA members
and FFA alumni are: Providence Grove H.S. Farm in Climax, N.C.; The
Bowers School Farm in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; The Just Wait and See
Farm in Union Bridge, Md.; The Dull Family Farm in Thorntown, Ind.; and
The Augie Fudala Farm in Bark River, Mich. Videos and images of these
barns are available at www.HelpGrowYourSoup.com.
Other nominated barns to be featured in this year’s program were Rolling
Hills Century Farm in Staunton, Va.; The Farm on St. Mathias in
Brainerd, Minn.; Euken Farm LLC in Lewis, Iowa; The Neil B. McPhail Farm
in Seneca, S.C.; and The Gregory Farm in White Hall, Ill.
Campbell and FFA Support American Agriculture: One Barn at a Time
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.
To learn more about the Help Grow Your Soup program, Campbell’s
partnership with FFA and the rich history of the winning barns, visit HelpGrowYourSoup.com.
About The National FFA
The National FFA Organization was founded in 1928 as the Future Farmers
of America in support of agricultural education in schools around the
country. FFA prepares its members for more than 300 careers in the
science, business and technology of agriculture and has many educational
programs in place to foster leaders who will make sure our natural
resources are wisely used. Today’s FFA has more than half a million
members, 7,400 chapters in schools and 1,250 active alumni affiliates
across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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 market–leading
brands including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott’s” and “V8.”
For more information on the company, visit Campbell’s website at www.campbellsoup.com.
SOURCE: Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company