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Nearly 16,000 Consumers Vie For 'Free Groceries For A Year' Offer

Nearly 16,000 Consumers Vie For 'Free Groceries For A Year' Offer

Opportunity to win one of four $5,000 grand prizes for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia ends April 3.

The Center for Food Integrity's Farmers Feed US program is an enormous success. Since January, more than 200,000 registrants from 12 states requested information about farmers, food and agriculture. And it's not over.

Through April 3, Mid-Atlantic residents can register at for a chance to win one of four $5,000 grand prizes – gift cards to their favorite grocery store, one each for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. Some 16,000 have already qualified for the sweepstakes prizes. To qualify, registrants must "opt-in" for additional information.

TELLING THE FARMER'S STORY: Chip Councell of Cordova, Md., has been delighted that so many consumers want to hear straight from farmers about why and how they're farming.

Upon visiting the website, consumers can choose to register with each of nine Mid-Atlantic farmers daily, and take video tours of their farms. Each video explains how they produce safe, nutritious and affordable food for Mid-Atlantic consumers.

"We're ecstatic with the outstanding response," says Chip Councell, a grain and vegetable farmer from Cordova, Md., who is one of the 10 featured farmers on the website. "It's exciting that this program gives us the opportunity to share how we raise the food that Mid-Atlantic consumers enjoy – while introducing them to our families and giving online video tours of our farms." 

The farmers share information about their farm and family. Featured farmers include:

•Carla Blackwell-McKinney, mushroom grower from Toughkenamon, Pa.

•Brian Krieder, soybean grower from Lebanon, Pa.

•Doreen Shearer, hog producer from Mount Joy, Pa.

•Ted Esbenshade, egg producer from Marietta, Pa.

•Chip Councell, grain and vegetable farmer, Cordova, Md.

•Mike Harrison, soybean grower from Woodbine, Md.

•Jordan Calloway, watermelon farmer from Mardela Springs, Md.

•Jay Baxter, soybean producer from Georgetown, Del.

•Jesse Vanderwende, poultry producer from Bridgeville, Del.

•Burli Hopkins, dairy farmer from Lewes, Del.

Over the course of the campaign, consumers will also see and hear from these farmers via television advertising and on Facebook and Twitter. Additional sweepstakes prizes include "Free Chicken for a Year!" ($520 value) from Perdue Farms and "Free Ice Cream for a Year!" ($250 value) from Turkey Hill Dairy.

Supporting Mid-Atlantic agriculture groups include the Delaware Soybean Board, Maryland Soybean Board, Pennsylvania Soybean Board, Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, Pennsylvania Pork Board, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Perdue Farms, Delaware Farm Bureau, Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., Delaware Department of Agriculture, Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Turkey Hill Dairy.

Registrants also will receive CFI's monthly Best Food Facts ( newsletter. "We look forward to engaging with consumers in the database who are actively seeking more information about food and farming," says Charlie Arnot, CEO of CFI. "Whether that's communications from CFI, or state-based groups, it's a great resource to reach a portion of the population who is highly-interested in food production."

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