Vita Plus Launches ‘Values: The foundation of farming’ Project (December 2012)
(Madison, Wis.) – As consumer interest in food production grows, our efforts to communicate our values must also grow.
To meet this demand, Vita Plus is proud to launch “Values: The foundation of farming” to help farmers and industry partners lead discussions about modern food production. A customized Resource Kit includes videos highlighting values that guide farmers’ actions every day as well as supporting educational materials for a variety of audiences.
The five-minute educational videos were filmed on four diverse Midwest dairy farms and focus on the topics of commitment to wholesome food, responsibility to care for animals, stewardship of natural resources, and love of family. A bonus video, titled “On the Manure Trail,” follows nutrient management from the barns to a methane digester to the fields. Each video is matched with educational materials for upper elementary, secondary and adult audiences. In addition, tips for working with the different age groups provide strategies to connect with these audiences.
“We’ve received many requests for materials like this in the past few years,” said Andrea Bloom, Vita Plus marketing and communications specialist. “We view this as our next step in helping farmers and others in our industry share their values and solidify a positive image in the eyes of today’s consumer.”
The Resource Kits are free and can be ordered by calling Vita Plus at 1-800-362-8334. Videos can also be viewed on the Vita Plus YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/VitaPlusCorp). Additional insight and presentation ideas for using the Resource Kit are shared monthly on the Vita Plus Thank Farmers! Blog (http://www.vitaplus.com).
“This resource is designed to support farmers and agriculturists in leading these discussions, not replace them in front of consumers,” Bloom said. “The videos and educational materials are a good starting point. Farmers’ and agriculturists’ personal experiences and stories complete the picture.”
Vita Plus Corporation is an employee-owned company headquartered in Madison, Wis. Vita Plus has been serving livestock producers since 1948. More than just a feed supplier, Vita Plus consultants offer the latest cutting-edge technology, nutrition and management information. For more information about the organization call 1-800-362-8334 or go online at www.vitaplus.com.