Central Iowa Expo Announces a Major Gift from Monsanto



AMES, Iowa — The Central Iowa Expo Site held a check presentation on Dec. 12  to officially announce a major contribution to the site near the junction of Highway 30 and Highway 17 between Ames and Boone from Monsanto.

Monsanto’s financial support of $150,000 makes it possible to provide 160 acres of alfalfa to be used for equipment demonstrations during the 2012 Farm Progress Hay Expo at the Central Iowa Expo site in June of 2012. The same acres will then provide parking for the Farm Progress Show in August. The commitment from Monsanto continues to fulfill their corporate focus on agriculture and their promise of supporting Iowa farmers.

“As a company completely focused on agriculture, we are pleased to make this contribution,” said Dave Tierney, Monsanto Corporate Affairs representative. “The Central Iowa Expo’s marquee event, The Farm Progress Show, plays a vital role in showcasing the latest agricultural innovations to farmers from across Iowa, the U.S. and around the world. Monsanto’s contribution is another way we can support American farmers and, in particular, Iowa agriculture, which plays such an essential role in meeting the needs of a growing world population.”

"Monsanto's commitment to central Iowa agriculture makes it possible to attract both of these major agriculture shows to Iowa,” said Darrel Rensink, board chair, Central Iowa Expo. “This opportunity will allow us to showcase central Iowa to hundreds of agricultural companies, along with thousands of producers and International guests during 2012.”

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Dave Tierney of Monsanto presents the check to Central Iowa Expo president Darrel Rensink


Comments

This is great for the Central Iowa Expo and Farm Progress Show, but why is this news release coming from Iowa State University Extension? There is no mention of ISU in the release or any material in the sidebar notes.

Iowa State University Extension provides outreach in many forms - such as being actively involved in the planning and coordination of events such as Farm Progress Hay Expo and Farm Progress Show.