Syngenta Food Donation at ASFMRA The winner of a $500 donation to her local food bank during the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers annual meeting was Marcia Williams of McPherson, Kan. Any farm manager, rural appraiser and their guests could register for the prize presented by Syngenta.

Interestingly, Williams has served the McPherson County Food Bank for almost 25 years, she told the crowd. The food bank donation is part of the Syngenta Halex GT corn herbicide and "Weeding out Hunger" program.

Craig Abell, technical support representative, Syngenta, presented Williams with the award at ASFMRA's annual meeting.

"I was so excited to learn I had won this donation for my local food bank," said Williams. "It will go a long way to help us feed the hungry in our community as we have to buy more and more food to supplement donations."

The Weeding out Hunger, a hunger-relief campaign based on grower purchases of Halex GT corn herbicide, continues as Syngenta will donate a portion of product sales to Feeding America food banks in corn-growing communities across the United States. The herbicide sales aspect is part of a total Syngenta program celebrating the company's 10th anniversary. The goal is to feed 10,000 families in the United States.

Syngenta recently donated $100,000 to 78 food banks in 24 states as part of the Weeding out Hunger campaign and is continuing that program in 2011.

The campaign total program is celebrating 10 years by feeding 10,000 families. "To commemorate our anniversary, and to give back to the communities where we work each day, Syngenta has established a domestic hunger relief program that will help feed 10,000 families," explained Jessica Adelman, vice president, corporate affairs, North America. For this endeavor, company business units are making financial donations to Feeding America on behalf of Syngenta. Employees can also make personal contributions through financial donations as well as food drives scheduled at various Syngenta locations.

"At Syngenta, we know a major challenge for the 21st century is feeding the world's growing population, while safeguarding our natural resources in the process," Adelman said. "To do this, we are helping farmers grow more from less — preserving land and water, and reducing the carbon footprint in agriculture so that we and future generations can enjoy food security."

Programs like these are a reminder of the meaning of the name Syngenta, derived from Greek and Latin origins: together with people, explained Adelman. Formed in 2000, from the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals, the Syngenta legacy actually dates back more than 250 years to 1758 when Johann Geigy founded the firm in Switzerland.

With the global population expected to increase to nine billion people by 2050, the world's grain production must double, according to forecasters.