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Stine Seed new Iowa sponsor for Farm Rescue

By Staff | Sep 12, 2012

David Thompson

BY KAREN SCHWALLER

kschwaller@evertek.net

ADEL – With this summer’s announcement of Farm Rescue coming to Iowa, Stine Seed Co., of Adel, announced it has become one of the 250 corporate sponsors of that organization.

David Thompson, national sales and marketing director for Stine, said it seemed like a no-brainer for the company to get involved.

“We are an independent seed company headquartered here in Iowa,” Thompson said. “We sell corn and soybeans nationally, but we got our start right here in Iowa.

“For us it was just a natural fit.”

Stine signed on as a corporate sponsor last spring after Farm Rescue founder Bill Gross contacted the company and said his organization would begin operations in Iowa. Iowa is the fifth state to realize the efforts of Farm rescue, along with North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“Since we operate in all of those states we’ve been familiar with their organization,” Thompson said, “but not necessarily directly involved.

“As they made plans to begin operations in Iowa, Bill contacted me, and I decided it made a lot of sense for us as a family-owned seed company to be working with an organization that focuses on helping farm families stay on the farm – families who may be suffering through some adversity or issues in some way, shape or form.”

Thompson said after his visit with Gross and knowing more about the Farm rescue’s mission, it wasn’t hard to make the decision to be part of something that would touch the lives so many farm families – possibly even some of their own customers.

Although Farm Rescue has been in existence since 2005, Thompson said Stine didn’t have the opportunity to work directly with it. He said Gross was looking for strong Iowa-based companies to help him with his organization’s mission, and wanted to work with Iowa-based companies in to “get the ball rolling.”

“It just seemed like something we needed to do,” Thompson said. “We’re excited to be part of it – to be able to help Bill and his organization and to help growers in need.”

Stine’s financial support will be used toward fuel and equipment transportation costs and operational overhead.

“Our team members also have an opportunity to participate as volunteers if they want,” Thompson said. “Anyone can help, but we have encouraged our team members to be part of anything that goes on because we help support the program.

“It’s hard to disagree with something that can so profoundly help farm families.”

Thompson said what Farm Rescue does is take hold of something that farmers do so well and put it on the road.

“The concept of farmers helping farmers is not new,” Thompson said. “Farmers have a long history of helping their fellow farmers who may have had some misfortune.

“This just takes it to a larger scale. Organizations like Farm Rescue provide benefit in the sense that in some cases, farms have gotten big enough to where people may want to help, but they may have their own things to deal with, as well, so they may or not have as much time to help as they used to have.”

Thompson said Farm Rescue helps to fill that gap.

“For us, it’s awfully hard to deny something like that when there’s so much good that comes from what they do,” Thompson said. “With donated equipment and volunteer labor, they’re just doing what needs to be done and really helping out those families in what is their greatest hour of need.

“(When it comes to planting or harvesting a crop), there’s no waiting six months to get it done.”

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