FMC Survey Helps USO

Retailers and growers can make a difference in the lives of U.S. servicemen and women stationed overseas through FMC Corp.’s "Be A Hero, Support A Hero” program.

Throughout 2008, FMC will continue its support of the United Service Organization’s (USO) Operation Care Package initiative as part of the company’s ongoing "Be A Hero, Support A Hero” promotion. A $5 donation will be made for each individual who completes the "State of the Industry” survey at various trade shows and grower events throughout 2008.

The survey is designed to identify trends and top-of-mind issues among specific audiences within the agribusiness market segment, including growers, agricultural retailers, consultants, journalists, industry thought leaders, and university researchers. Individuals can complete the survey by clicking through a few short questions focused on production trends, market shifts, etc.

FMC will make its second donation — $970 to send 39 care packages overseas — on behalf of the 194 participants who completed the "State of the Industry” survey at the National Farm Machinery Show held in Louisville, KY, in mid-February.

"In its inaugural year, the ‘Be A Hero, Support A Hero’ initiative received tremendous support and interest from American farmers,” says Paul Redhage, FMC communications manager. "We wanted to continue our support for this terrific program, and find ways to allow others in agribusiness to participate as well. FMC is proud to partner with the many growers, retailers, business leaders, and others who participate in this program as a simple and easy way of showing their deep patriotism for our country.”

The care packages include a personal message and items such as calling cards, sunscreen, toiletries and disposable cameras. More than one million care packages have been distributed to service personnel stationed overseas since the inception of Operation USO Care Package in 2001. Today, the USO distributes nearly 25,000 packages per month to troops around the world.

Last year, FMC donated more than $4,200 to Operation Care Package through the "Be A Hero, Support A Hero” program, resulting in 168 care packages. This year, after two trade shows, FMC has donated $2,055 and 82 care packages.

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