Kemin Industries is celebrating 61 years since its founding in 1961 by donating a combined US$61,000 to nonprofit organisations operating in the same industries as its five North America-based business units.

As the company marks its anniversary with a yearlong "61 since '61" celebration, the business units based at worldwide headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, the United States, are honoring the commitment to community that has guided Kemin for six decades by giving back to organisations making an impact in the industries they serve.

Kemin Crop Technologies, Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health – North America, Kemin Food Technologies – North America, Kemin Human Nutrition and Health, and Kemin Nutrisurance, the company's pet food and rendering business, are donating a combined US$61,000 to nonprofits whose work aligns with the business units' respective areas of focus and share their dedication to making a difference.

The organisations receiving a portion of the amount include:

    - The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition;

    - The National 4-H Council;

    - The National FFA Foundation and FFA Scholarship Foundation;

    - Easterseals Iowa;

    - The Animal Rescue League of Iowa;

    - The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri.

"Our passion for protecting the health and safety of people, pets, production animals and plants goes beyond the ingredients we produce," said Dr. Chris Nelson, president and chief executive officer of Kemin Industries. "It extends to the places we call home, the people we call neighbors, and the global community we are all part of.

"Servant leadership has been a guiding force at Kemin since the beginning, and it remains at the heart of what we do. I'm proud to be supporting these organisations and their vital work for causes we share a deep connection to, and I'm immensely grateful for the Kemin team members who continue our commitment to community and others."

The US$61,000 in support of North America-based nonprofits is one of multiple charitable activities Kemin business units worldwide have carried out in commemoration of the "61 since '61" celebration.

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