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Arkansas soybean grower John McClendon supports World Soy Foundation


Arkansas soybean grower John McClendon is rallying support for the World Soy Foundation "Acre Challenge and making his crop part of the solution to record rates of global malnutrition. McClendon, who grows soybeans at Marianna, is contributing the value of an acre of soybeans to the World Soy Foundation "Acre Challenge."

Farmer support is particularly timely in light of new reports that a record one in six people in the world today is malnourished. Soybeans are an abundant source of protein that is badly needed in many developing countries.

"Our crop offers a bountiful harvest against hunger," said McClendon. "We can nourish thousands of children through the World Soy Foundation. Proper nutrition today is required for them to grow, learn and lead productive lives."

Soybean farmers across the nation have committed to the World Soy Foundation's Acre Challenge. The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization that can put the value of one acre of soybeans to use against hunger. Forty bushels of beans, the approximate national average yield, will make 18,000 rations of soy protein to children and adults in locations ranging from Africa to Latin America to Asia.

"Through the World Soy Foundation, these generous farmers are making a long-term difference in children's lives," said World Soy Foundation Executive Director Jim Hershey. "We are also thankful to our founding corporate members such as Cargill, Natural Products Inc. Soyatech, Sunopta and WhiteWave Foods as well as the many international organizations that recognize the importance of soy protein."

U.S. soybean growers and their peers across the nation, including the American Soybean Association, were instrumental in creation of the World Soy Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization. The World Soy Foundation works with private voluntary and non-governmental organizations to deliver soy protein and nutrition education to people who need it around the world. Projects sponsored by the World Soy Foundation include complementary foods for children 6 to 36 months, school feeding programs, and nutrition assessment and research services.

To join the fight against hunger and malnutrition with soy and the Acre Challenge, visit www.worldsoyfoundation.org.

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