Monsanto is pleased to continue the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite local not-for-profit organizations. The program is in its fourth year.
Farmers now can register for a chance to donate to their favorite not-for-profit organization online at growcommunities.com. The deadline for eligible farmers to enter is Nov. 30. In December, the Monsanto Fund will then select one winner at random in each eligible county, and announce winning farmers and recipient nonprofits in January 2014.
The opportunity to get involved also has expanded, as Grow Communities has added 18 new eligible counties this year, now reaching 1,289 counties across 39 states.
The Grow Communities program added a new element to the program last year, giving community members the chance to “plant” their ideas. Rural community members also can now visit the Grow Communities website and submit an idea or initiative in need of funding. Eligible farmers are able to review planted ideas and consider them in their registrations.
Thanks to the help of local farmers, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has invested in schools, fire departments and youth organizations, such as FFA and 4-H, in 1,271 rural counties.
“We want to continue to make an impact in the safety, education and youth involvement of our communities,” said Linda Arnold, Monsanto customer advocacy lead. “That’s why we encourage even more farmers to get involved as our new program year begins.”
In 2013, the Monsanto Fund donated nearly $6 million to grow and improve rural communities where Monsanto employees live and work across the United States.