Ten years ago FFVA launched the Partners in Production program to help raise money for production research and farm community projects. Under this program, sponsored by Griffin LLC, grower purchases of selected products would trigger donations that have, to date, approached $300,000.

DuPont Crop Protection is now taking the lead in the Partners in Production program, kicking off this commitment with a $30,000 donation. DuPont’s Bob Williams made the presentation Sept. 28 during FFVA’s Annual Awards Luncheon at the FFVA convention in Orlando.

This contribution is just the beginning. If growers buy more DuPont ag products over the next 12 months, next year’s check may be even bigger. This money supports Florida-based research on crop protection and other farm priorities.

“It is gratifying to know that DuPont Crop Protection is a dedicated partner in our efforts to produce the highest quality crops at the lowest possible costs,” said Frank Johns, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Research & Education Foundation chairman.

Notable foundation programs that have been funded through the years include relief for farm workers hit by hurricanes, methyl bromide alternatives research, disease management programs, grower education, youth education, specialty crop promotion and consumer education programs.

At FFVA, we couldn’t be more thrilled with DuPont’s role in Partners in Production. The DuPont folks have been straightforward in their commitment to our foundation and Florida’s industry as a whole. There’s nothing more gratifying than working together on a project that can yield great results for producers and the agriculture community.

So please keep watch for more information about the Partners in Production program from DuPont and FFVA.

Auction Raises $57,000 for RCMA

Convention attendees whipped out their wallets and checkbooks during the Annual Benefit Auction to help the Redlands Christian Migrant Association. In the silent auction, they bid on nearly 100 items ranging from Halloween baskets to diamond jewelry. The live auction featured items like fishing trips and an Urban Meyer autographed football.

Auction bidders spent nearly $37,000. And another round of generous cash donations brought the total to roughly $57,000. It’s all for the kids at RCMA. Thanks to all who participated, and see you next year.