Our agricultural operations sponsor a number of growers groups, research organisations and community groups and events.
The sponsorship funds for grower groups and research organisations are used to educate growers in best practice for farming management, including economically and environmentally sustainable cropping systems and research into improved cropping techniques and resource management.
Sponsorship for community groups goes towards the promotion of agricultural activities or supports a group’s specific activity; our customers are involved in many of these activities.
Our Australian agricultural operations also run a donation programme that, for every tonne of grain sold, gives a donation to a chosen community club that has a high level of grower membership and involvement. It also produces and circulates the free magazine Grain Business 3 times a year to approximately 14,000 growers throughout Australia. This provides information on the grain industry, research results and best practice. Annual investment in the magazine includes funding for the South Australian Research and Development Institute to compile and publish an annual crop performance report from their crop trials.
Our Viterra assets in Canada have a community investment programme that supports their host communities in 4 areas:
- Promoting youth sports and recreation in rural communities
- Supporting agriculture and associated activities
- Supporting community development programmes, projects and infrastructure in communities where our employees live and work
- Promoting safety on farms and within the grain industry
Viterra has a donation programme with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), donating $5 to the CFGB for each tonne of grain donated by farmers. Canadian farmers donated 17,596 tonnes of grain, worth over CAD5.8 million, via this programme in 2013. The CFGB supports food assistance and agriculture as well as nutrition programmes for people in the developing world. In November 2013 we also announced a $2 million investment in the Global Institute for Food Security, supporting their mission to address the increasing global demand for safe, reliable food.