The American Soybean Association reports that top supporting states have helped the World Soy Foundation (WSF) raised more than 85 percent of its $100,000 goal for the Acre Challenge campaign. The organization hopes to carry that momentum right past the 100K mark in the final three months of the campaign. In fact, July has been declared “Acre Challenge Month.”
The Acre Challenge, a fundraising campaign started by farmers for farmers, is a way U.S. soybean farmers can help alleviate hunger and malnutrition around the world by donating the value of an acre of soybeans. The campaign allows U.S. soybean farmers the opportunity to ensure the protein they work hard to grow makes it to those who need it most around the world.
Since March, over 160 donors accepted the challenge and have donated the value of an acre to the WSF—putting the total number of donors for the year at nearly 450 individuals from 30 states.
Still holding strong in first place is Iowa: Iowa soybean farmers have continued to show their support, with 60 donors giving nearly $16,000. Randy Van Kooten, a current WSF board member and former president of the Iowa Soybean Association, says this about the WSF: “I got involved with the WSF because I know the role soy can play in providing nourishment. Helping others makes you feel good about your profession and about being a soybean farmer.”
Coming in second for top Acre Challenge supporters are the farmers of Illinois, raising nearly $13,450 from 49 individual donors, followed by Missouri with 12 donors giving more than $7,630 so far. These top three states understand the value of their soybean crop and continue to help the Foundation be part of the solution to reduce global malnutrition through the power of soy!
The Acre Challenge isn’t finished yet. With three months left in the fiscal year, organizers are working hard to reach the $100,000 goal by the end of September.
“With this month being ‘Acre Challenge Month,’ we want to get a jumpstart on these last 90 days of the campaign,” said organizers in a news release. “To help us reach our goal, and help your state compete for the No. 1 spot, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today.”