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Farmers with St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Shown with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte are the five Missouri farmers featured in the 2012 Safe at the Plate campaign. Photo Credit: James Fashing, MFA Incorporated

A St. Louis Cardinals video crew and team mascot Fredbird has been visiting area farms this summer as part of an educational campaign to highlight advancements farmers are making and help answer questions regarding today's food production. While at Kirby Farms near Liberal, Mo., on May 7, the crew interviewed Missouri Corn Merchandising Council board member Kyle Kirby about the latest trends in corn production.

"Thirty years ago, my dad raised 80 bushels of corn per acre. Now we are producing 150 bushels," Kirby said. "With today's farming techniques, it's possible to have great yields while improving the soil and protecting the environment."

The featured farmers also visited Busch Stadium in May to record radio ads and have photos taken with Cardinal pitcher Jason Motte for various campaign elements.

This is the third year the World Series Champions are partnering with Missouri Farmers Care in a season-long effort that includes radio ads, videos of Cardinals mascot Fredbird on the farm, an AgriMissouri™ gift basket giveaway at every Friday night home game, print advertising and promotional materials. Sponsors of this summer's Missouri Farmers Care Safe at the Plate educational initiative include the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Beef Industry Council, Midwest Dairy Association, MFA Oil, FCS Financial, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri
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