(Posted Thu. Apr 11th, 2013)
Apr. 11: The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Past President Fred Yoder today as he is recognized by President Obama as a “Champion for Change.” The official recognition, which takes place in the White House on a weekly basis, honors 12 ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.
“As we take action to reduce carbon pollution and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy, we must also take action to prepare for the impacts of climate change we are already seeing, including more frequent and severe extreme weather,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “This week, we look forward to welcoming Champions of Change who are doing smart, innovative work to protect the health, safety and prosperity of their communities in the face of climate change.”
A fourth-generation farmer, Yoder has been an advocate for many years, promoting agriculture as a solution to many of the sustainability challenges.
“My passion is how we feed the hungry world by 2050,” Yoder said. “The thing I keep thinking about is that we have to it on the same land mass, but do it better, so how do we keep making it better than it was before, but at the same time have high productivity and also provide some ecosystem services to the rest of the world that are valuable to them too.”