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Farmers vs. Hunger: Milan No Till Field Day

By Erik Taylor
By etaylor@wbbjtv.com

MILAN, Tenn. -- Farmers look to stamp out hunger at the Milan No Till Field Day on Thursday.

It's a massive effort to package more than 30,000 meals. West Tennessee farmers work long hours in the field to feed families. This year they're working especially hard to combat the growing problem of hunger right here in our own backyard.

"In West Tennessee by average we have about 17 to 18 percent of the overall population is classified as food insecure." Chuck Danehower, Extension Specialist for the University of Tennessee Agriculture, says.

Thursday at the Milan No Till Field Day farmers will take a break from learning how to combat weeds, insects and crop disease to package bags of food to donate to less fortunate families.

"We started this two years ago at our last field day and packaged more than 17,000 meals at that event. We are hoping we can up our goal to 30,000 meals. So volunteers are definitely welcome." Ginger Rowsey, Information and Communications Specialist University of Tennessee Agriculture, says.

Each package comes complete with everything needed to make a meal for up to six people . The package includes soybean enriched products to make macaroni and cheese.

"Soybeans have a big impact and big monetary impact on the communities around Tennessee. They are also nutritious and of good value in the meals we are packaging tomorrow." Danehower says.

Soybeans are Tennessee's top crop spanning more than 1.6 million acres. The soybeans are all donations from local area farmers across the state, Each and every meal will be donated locally to food banks all around Gibson County along with West Tennessee.

The event starts tomorrow at 9 a.m and goes through 2 p.m. at the Agricultural Museum in Milan.