Through the multi-faceted partnership, which covers the 2014, 2015, and 2016 baseball seasons, Farm Credit will sponsor the Grizzlies’ Farm Grown Friday home games and participate in both Farm Grown magazine and Grizzlies Community Fund (GCF) initiatives – including the Farm Grown program. Farm Grown, which was implemented in April 2012, provides agricultural awareness, while strengthening knowledge of the farming tradition in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
“Farm Credit recognizes the critical role that agriculture plays in our communities,” said Keith Hesterberg, president and chief executive officer, Fresno Madera Farm Credit. “From the food they grow to the jobs they create, farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses are constantly striving to create value and opportunity and to give back to the communities they serve. That’s why we’re proud to join the Fresno Grizzlies in their efforts to recognize these agriculturists and to amplify their contributions through charitable outreach. Just like the Grizzlies, we are proud to be Farm Grown.”
The partnership involves four California-based Farm Credit associations as well as Denver-based CoBank, which serves agricultural cooperatives throughout the state. Participating associations include American AgCredit, Farm Credit West, Fresno Madera Farm Credit and Golden State Farm Credit.
“This partnership certainly brings to light the vital role Farm Credit plays in providing financial support to the Central Valley agriculture and farming industry,” stated Fresno Grizzlies Director of Corporate Partnerships/Community Fund Jerry James. “It will also expand awareness of the Farm Grown program to the industry beyond the Central San Joaquin Valley, increasing our ability to promote agriculture and farming sustainability here at the stadium and in surrounding communities.”
ABOUT FRESNO GRIZZLIES “FARM GROWN” PROGRAM
Established in 2012, the Grizzlies Community Fund’s (GCF) Farm Grown program promotes the agricultural heritage and philanthropic vitality of the Central San Joaquin Valley through the building of meaningful partnerships in support of education and healthy living. Farm Grown has been a central component to the GCF’s Wild About Reading program, in which 100,000 students annually receive a Farm Grown magazine that serves as a call to action for reading outside of the classroom.