Donations to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture totaled $1.8 million for 2013, the highest-ever in a calendar year.

"We rely on our donors to fund our initiatives so we can have an agriculturally literate society," said Foundation Chairman Bob Stallman.

"Thanks in large part to generous donor contributions, 2013 was a remarkable year for the Foundation, in terms of building awareness, understanding and a positive perception of agriculture through education."

Volunteer engagement in local communities to foster a deeper understanding of food, fiber and energy is a continuing focus of the Foundation. Urban outreach events, building partnerships in the STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) area, Spanish translations of materials and creation of additional assessment guides for educational resources are planned for 2014.

The Foundation continually updates its tool chest of ready-to-use resources for educators covering a variety of agricultural themes.

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"With global supply chains, it is important to rely on globally harmonized metrics," added AFIA's President and CEO Joel G. Newman. "The LEAP guidelines are a significant step forward to help feed companies to develop consistent and credible environmental assessments and therefore to reduce the environmental footprint of livestock products."

"Common methodology for environmental footprinting is a pre-competitive issue and is part of our customer's expectations," said FEFAC President Ruud Tijssens.

"The main recommendations of the Product Environmental Footprint Guide developed by the European Commission were taken into account in the LEAP process. From a European perspective, this means the LEAP guidelines are the logical and relevant starting point to develop a standard aligned with the recommendations of the European Commission."

The public review of the feed guidelines begins today and comments are welcome from interested parties until July 31. The draft guidelines can be accessed on the LEAP website here.