**Pilgrim’s recently announced plans to invest $3.5 million to help Georgia communities respond to coronavirus and invest in the future.

According to the Georgia Farm Bureau, the investment’s part of a new, national $20 million initiative called Hometown Strong adding to commitments Pilgrim’s made to protect employees and ensure job security amid the pandemic.

Pilgrim’s employs more than 7,000 Georgians and pays local growers more than $152 million each year to support in-state facilities.

https://www.gfb.org/media-and-publications/news.cms/2020/858/pilgrim-s-to-invest--3-5-million-in-georgia-communities

**The Fertilizer Institute joined with the EPA and USDA in launching the Next Gen Fertilizer Challenges, which aims to accelerate the development of innovative fertilizer product technologies and increase the use of existing enhanced efficiency fertilizers that maintain or increase crop yields and reduce environmental impacts to air, land, and water.

TFI President Corey Rosenbusch tells agrimarketing.com, there is always improvement to be made, which is why we are excited to partner with the federal government and others in this challenge.

https://www.agrimarketing.com/s/132164

**The Alabama Farmers Federation invested in the future of rural health professionals with $500 scholarships this fall for 13 students in the Auburn University and UAB School of Medicine Rural Medicine Program.

RMP students, from small Alabama towns, complete a pre-matriculation year at Auburn to prepare for medical school.

Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan says he’s proud for the state’s largest farm organization to support these students.

http://alfafarmers.org/stories/news-detail/farmers-federation-supports-rural-medicine-scholars#.X0grjH6SlPY