NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace is highlighting his advocacy work on behalf of Family Farmers this weekend in Phoenix, AZ. The Family Farmers coalition, comprised of IL Corn Marketing Board, IL Soybean Association, Marquis Energy, and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, formed a partnership with Wallace to advocate on behalf of farmers for the entire 2011 racing season. This weekend, that relationship is leveraged as Kenny will drive the RAB Racing #09 car with the “Family Farmers” paint scheme.
In the true spirit of the coalition, the opportunity for a local connection was sought for Kenny to do advocacy work. The Arizona Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee invited Kenny to join them today as the visited the state capital to talk about farmers and ranchers in that state. They delivered homemade apple pies to Arizona’s state representatives and senators. Made by local apple farmer Ann Holcomb, of Apple Annie’s, each apple pie contained information about Arizona’s $10.3 billion agriculture industry.
“We know that Kenny is a strong driver and he has a fast car in the RAB number 09 Camry. But even better than that, he has proven to be a strong advocate for family farmers with a voice that is recognized and respected. Phoenix is a long way from Illinois, but we know that farmers and ranchers all over the country hold the same values: family, pride in their country, and pride in what they do,” says Scott Stirling, ICMB Chairman and family farmer from Martinton, IL.
Kenny will continue to share the messages of Family Farmers through the remainder of the year in his multiple weekly media appearances and in select 2011 NNS races through the car paint scheme. He will also do special appearances promoting farmers, ethanol, biodiesel, food, and the livestock industry as the season progresses.