Kala Nicholson's mother was so excited about what her daughter accomplished as part of the Tipton County Young Farmer's group that she shared it with Indiana Prairie Farmer. Beth Nicholson lives in Washington County, but Kala works for the Farm Service Agency in Tipton County.
The Tipton County Young Farmers recently raised over $10,000 in donations for local hunger relief efforts as part of the Hoppers for the Hungry initiative. The donation was given to Encore Food Pantry in Tipton, Ind., in a check presentation ceremony.
In its second year, Hoppers for the Hungry gives local farmers the opportunity to donate grain at participating grain elevators to provide hunger relief to local families in need. As farmers designate a certain number of bushels to donate, the grain elevators turn over the equivalent dollar amount to the Young Farmers Hoppers for the Hungry fund.
Young Farmers chairman Brady Peters noted the value and importance of the Hoppers for the Hungry program.
"We feel as farmers, it's our job and mission to feed the world. During the recent economic recession, many families, including those in our own community, were adversely affected and some struggle to have enough to eat. This is one step we can take to make sure we are fulfilling our mission and give back."
In 2012 the group provided a check for over $2,900 to the Encore Food Pantry, and their hope was to exceed that amount this year. With the help of the Tipton County Foundation, that goal was surpassed. The Foundation matched the group's donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000 through the Agriculture Endowment Fund. The Young Farmers were excited about the opportunity to double the impact for the community through the Foundation's generosity.
The Young Farmers organization was established by Indiana Farm Bureau in 1969 and serves Tipton community in many ways. The group of approximately 20 Tipton County young leaders knows the importance of agriculture in our community, nation and world.
Tipton County Young Farmers reporter Kristina Cline contributed to this report.