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Used tractors harvest soy for international cause

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A soybean harvest will help an international food project.
A soybean harvest will help an international food project.

A group of do-gooders employed used tractors to help a global program that assists farmers across the world, according to a recent report from Illinois' Ogle County News.

The Sustainable Food Project is an effort in the state sponsored by a number of Illinois churches. It works in part to assist the Foods Resource Bank, which in turn helps farmers in less developed parts of the world set up agricultural projects.

So far, the SFP has helped raise $95,000 for the global initiative. Soybeans harvested recently near Polo, Illinois, will be sold and proceed will be donated to the FRB.

"We appreciate the churches working together," Gene Schmidt, who coordinated the local effort, told the newspaper.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also works to help farmers across the world. For example, producers in Iraq and Afghanistan have received equipment and advice from the government in an effort to help them sustain their own economies.

Representatives from the U.S. also provide their input to the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization, which helps monitor threats to global production and supply.

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