A group of North American agricultural communications organizations has united to provide relief to rural Japanese people affected by the recent earthquake/tsunami disaster.

Thus far more than $9,000 has been raised from the following organizations:

  • Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
  • Agricultural Media Summit LLC
  • Agricultural Relations Council
  • American Agricultural Editors’ Association
  • American Business Media Agri-Council
  • Canadian Farm Writers Federation
  • Livestock Publications Council
  • National Agri-Marketing Association
  • National Association of Farm Broadcasters
  • North American Agricultural Journalists. 

In addition to association donations, each group will be soliciting donations by its individual members to gain additional funding for Japanese relief. The funds raised will be provided to the Japanese Agricultural Journalists Association (JAJA) and specifically earmarked for rural areas.

“Many of us in ag journalism have colleagues in Japan we’ve known for many years so this tragedy has hit us close to home,” said Den Gardner, executive director of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and the Agricultural Relations Council, and coordinator of the coalition effort. “This is an extraordinary effort to raise significant funds for rural people in Japan. We hope to significantly increase this initial amount through donations from individuals within these many ag communications organizations.”

Donations can be sent to AAEA’s Professional Improvement Foundation (details below). From there, the dollars will be wired to the JAJA through the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists. “We felt that JAJA was the best equipped to properly disburse the funds where needed in Japan,” Gardner said.

Those wishing to donate can do so in two ways:

1. Send a check, payable to AAEA Professional Improvement Foundation, to:

AAEA Professional Improvement Foundation
Attn: Den Gardner
120 Main St. West
PO Box 156 (if mailing by US Postal Service)
New Prague, MN 56071
(Please mark on check: For Japan Relief Effort)

2. To make a donation online, please go to: https://www.humanspan.com/secure/aaea/donation.asp. Fill out the form to make your donation. We ask that all those donating online please send us an email noting that a donation (and the amount) has been made to: aaea@gardnerandgardnercommunications.com. Because AAEA’s Professional Improvement Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  A receipt for the donation can be provided at your request.

“We wish to thank all the groups involved in this effort and hope that this information can be passed on through their organizations and others to help us in this effort,” Gardner said.