Ag companies join forces to support worldwide hunger relief

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, September 10, 2009 – This August, BASF Crop Protection partnered with Horizon Ag to donate funds to the Stop Hunger Now organization’s record-breaking University Million Meal Week.

BASF is the supplier of the CLEARFIELD® trait. Horizon Ag partners with BASF to make CLEARFIELD rice varieties available for planting in the United States. Their donation helped purchase quantities of rice that were used for approximately one-half of the meal packaging effort. Four North Carolina universities hosted University Million Meal Week events, where students and community volunteers packaged 1,031,776 meals for the less fortunate around the world.

“Horizon Ag is proud to support efforts to reduce hunger during these critical economic times, and we hope BASF‘s donation inspires others to do the same. As more families today across the globe are affected by events beyond their control, we think this is the least we could do to assist them. Stop Hunger Now is a lifeline for millions of people in the time of their greatest need,” said Randy Ouzts, general manager of Horizon Ag. “Rice is a staple of life and accepted the world over as a key component for daily nutrition, and we are more than willing to support the effort to reduce hunger in areas where people are simply unable to feed themselves.”

Leadership at BASF echoed Ouzts’ sentiment. “At BASF, we are committed to our part in meeting the rising global need for food, fiber and fuel via our crop protection products – and our role in enabling growers to get more from every acre grown,” said Paul Rea, Director, U.S. Crop Business. “We too realize the growing need to support those in the most desperate of circumstances, those afflicted by hunger. As such, we are happy to play a role in ensuring meals are provided for global distribution.”

Stop Hunger Now’s highly nutritious meals include rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and vitamin-fortified flavoring mix with 21 essential vitamins and minerals. Each meal provides a reasonable serving for six and costs 25 cents to make. Stop Hunger Now provides all ingredients with contributions from sponsors and other contributors.

Horizon Ag is an agricultural interest based in Memphis, TN, that works with the rice industry to provide high-quality CLEARFIELD rice seed available for planting in the United States. For more information about Horizon Ag and CLEARFIELD rice varieties, go to