Viterra/Food­grains Bank col­lab­o­rate on ‘land’ deal

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta - BY HEATHER CAMERON

Viterra and the Cana­dian Food­grains Bank are con­tin­u­ally work­ing to­gether to help the hun­gry.

“Viterra has a man­date to uti­lize land owned by the cor­po­ra­tion to feed hun­gry peo­ple around the world in con­junc­tion with the Cana­dian Food Grains Bank,” Ryan Mercer, a mem­ber of Mercer Seeds Ltd, said.

Mercer says that Viterra do­nates land to lo­cal farm­ers, who farm it and then do­nate the pro­ceeds from their har­vest to Cana­dian Food­grains Bank projects. Lo­cal farmer Les Bol­stad is one of the farm­ers who have agreed to farm land do­nated by Viterra

“We have be­gun pre­par­ing land to be farmed again next sea­son as poverty and mal­nu­tri­tion con­tin­ues to be a huge con­cern for farm­ers in this com­mu­nity,” Mercer said.

Mercer says that the land Viterra do­nates to var­i­ous lo­cal farm­ers will yield var­i­ous ce­real, pulse and oilseed crops grown in a ro­ta­tion that will pro­duce the high­est yield and qual­ity in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion sys­tem.

“These projects have brought friends and neigh­bors to­gether with the com­mon goal of feed­ing hun­gry peo­ple around the world,” Mercer said.

Mercer at­tributes his work­ing with Cana­dian Food­grains Bank to grow­ing up in a Chris­tian fam­ily, where he has been taught since child­hood to be ea­ger to share his many bless­ings given to those in need here in our com­mu­nity and around the world. Those same Chris­tian val­ues are a hall­mark part of the val­ues that Mercer Seeds holds strong to to­day.

“The Cana­dian Food Grains Bank is a true tes­ta­ment of the val­ues and gen­uine Chris­tian con­cern of western Cana­dian farm­ers as this or­ga­ni­za­tion con­tin­ues to ex­pand and have an in­creas­ing im­pact on world poverty,” Mercer said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.