WASHINGTON, DC (May 24, 2012) – The nation’s top crop and the farm families who grow it will return to the U.S. capital this summer for the fourth year in a row as part of the Corn Farmers Coalition educational program that debuts June 1, at Union Station, an important venue for reaching policymakers inside “The Beltway.”

Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) is one of 14 state organizations, as well as the National Corn Growers Association, that supports the Corn Farmers Coalition program to introduce a foundation of facts seen as essential to decision making, rather than directly influencing legislation and regulation.

The Corn Farmers Coalition is launching its major advertising campaign by taking over every available ad space at Union Station. The effort will also put prominent facts about family farmers in Capitol Hill publications, radio, frequently used websites, and other Metro locations in June and July.

The Hardin Family of Hendricks County is representing Indiana corn farmers in this year’s campaign. David and Danielle are the seventh generation of Hardins to farm just west of Indianapolis. David’s parents, John and Vicki, also remain very active on the farm. Three generations of the Hardin family, including David and Danielle’s four children, are featured in the campaign.

“The response to the coalition’s proactive efforts to educate key audiences in Washington has been extremely positive since its inception,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, an Illinois farmer. “As urban and suburban America gets further removed from the agricultural roots that made our nation strong, it becomes ever more important to reach out and maintain this connection.”

The coalition will also meet with media, members of Congress, environmental groups and others to talk about farming’s bright future: how U.S. farmers, using the latest technologies, will continue to meet the demands of a growing population and how this productivity can be a bright spot in an otherwise struggling economy.

For more information or to view the CFC ads, go to www.cornfarmerscoalition.org.

For more information, contact Mark Lambert, NCGA at (314) 210-6138

Megan Kuhn, ICMC Communications Director, (317) 614-0377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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To download the ad featuring the Hardin family from Hendricks County, visit

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