Over 300 local farmers received the opportunity to observe a different kind of field work on Sunday, December 2 when the St. Louis Rams hosted the San Francisco 49ers. Prior to the game, the Rams and Monsanto, a team sponsor, invited the farmers and their families to the Edward jones Dome as part of an effort to honor the importance of agriculture. The event included a pregame field visit, as well as lunch and special presentation from Monsanto.
Rams executive vice president of football operations and chief operating officer Kevin Demoff and former Rams guard Adam Timmerman addressed the group about their role and impact on the local economy. Timmerman, participating in the event for the third consecutive year, was able to speak from experience. Not only did he grow up on a farm, but he is still involved in the agriculture business today as general manager of ICON Ag. and Turf, a John Deere retailer in Iowa.
“Because of my upbringing, farming is near and dear to my heart,” Timmerman said. “I have a special connection, a bond, with these people. It was a lot of fun listening to their stories about being on the farm and interacting with the group.”
Throughout the event, he rehashed some of his favorite field stories – such as getting tractors stuck – and spoke of his excitement about being able to join the Rams and Monsanto in hosting the group.
“This is something that Monsanto’s clients, the farmer, would not usually get to do, coming to a Rams game for this type of experience,” Timmerman said. “You always kind of think of corporate America having experiences like this, so to do it for famers, I think is just a neat thing to do.”
The event was a segment of Monsanto’s American Farmers campaign, an advocacy program celebrating U.S. farmers through communications, awards and special programs that highlight the importance of modern American agriculture.
“This holiday season is the perfect time to give thanks to farmers who put food on our tables at Thanksgiving and all year long,” Monsanto’s America’s Farmers spokesperson Jessica Simmons said. “We are thrilled to recognize more that 300 of these hard-working farmers at a St. Louis Rams game. It’s just one small way to say ‘thank you’ for all that they do to grow our food, our economy and our quality of life.
Through their efforts before and during the game, the Rams and Monsanto were able to acknowledge the impact agriculturalists have on the local economy and honor their continued contributions as well.
To learn more about America’s farmers or other agricultural efforts by Monsanto, visit www.americasfarmers.com.