Going outside of traditional corporate giving, RiceTec has developed Harvesting Hope, a program that provides growers with free rice seed in exchange for charitable donations. RiceTec customers who sign up for the program and donate 1 acre of milled rice proceeds to their choice of 501(c)3 charities will receive one bag of seed at no charge for the 2021 planting season, according to a news release.
“Harvesting Hope embraces RiceTec’s mission of driving sustainable food production while positively impacting our growers, employees and communities,” said Van McNeely, RiceTec’s director of sales and technical services. “We’re excited about launching something new that provides our growers the opportunity to choose which charity they support and we’re able to support those charities right alongside them.”
Growers who sign up prior to planting this season will be earmarked for a free bag of seed in 2021. There is a limited supply of charitable allocations available, and farmers will have a choice of a designated non-herbicide-trated RiceTec seed or designated FullPage seed.
Interested farmers are encouraged to contact their local sales representative for the official Harvesting Hope form.