Dakota Layers, LLP Contributes Twelve Thousand Eggs to Feeding South Dakota
Contact: Dennis Wiese
MOODY COUNTY????Dakota Layers, LLP contributed twelve thousand eggs to Feeding South Dakota in an effort to address the needs of those facing difficulty. The contribution is a direct result of a visit and tour that former United States Senator and UN Ambassador George McGovern made to Dakota Layers this summer.
Throughout his career, McGovern has been involved in issues related to agriculture, food, nutrition, and hunger. McGovern served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture from 1998-2001 and was appointed the first UN Global Ambassador on World Hunger by the World Food Program in 2001. The McGovern?Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program has provided school meals for millions of children in dozens of countries since 2000 and resulted in McGovern being named World Food Prize co?laureate in 2008.
McGovern commented, "It never ceases to amaze me how American farmers are able to feed people throughout the world. Dakota Layers is a great example of how those farmers working together are able to produce so many eggs in a high quality facility. I am pleased that Scott Ramsdell and his team are able to make a contribution of twelve thousand eggs to Feeding South Dakota. I couldn't think of a better gesture in serving the less fortunate in our state."
Matt Gassen, Executive Director of Feeding South Dakota, also acknowledged the large role McGovern has played here in his home state by stating, "George McGovern has demonstrated over his long and distinguished career that hunger is truly something we could conquer in our lifetime. We simply need more folks like the many farmer investors in Dakota Layers to give with such generosity."
Gassen continued, "It is with a deep sense of gratitude that we are able to accept this donation in Ambassador McGovern's name and with the support of Scott Ramsdell and his team at Dakota Layers. We look forward to further collaborations when possible with the people of Moody County and the surrounding area."
Scott Ramsdell, President and CEO of Dakota Layers, LLP indicated that Dakota Layers is looking forward to another contribution of this size or greater in the future. "Our investors and our employees recognize how fortunate we are during this economically difficult time in our state and nation. It is my hope that we will encourage others in agriculture to give directly and assist those most in need."
Dakota Layers, LLP, is a shell egg farm in northern Moody County, South Dakota. It is supported by over 100 investors; most of them farmers. Their eggs are distributed in the state and in other parts of the nation. With over 60 employees
in Moody County, Dakota Layers, LLP is a large contributor to the economic base of the county and region. Today, nearly one million bushels of corn are used to feed a similar amount of laying hens.