Four farmers from the central Iowa area have been selected as winners in the America's Farmers Grow Communities program for 2015, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Farmers enroll in the program for a chance to win a $2,500 donation which they direct to a nonprofit organization of their choice in their local community.
A winning farmer is chosen from each county and the money is donated to the designated nonprofit group. In Iowa, all 99 counties have a winner each year. This is the fifth year for the program.
A $2,500 award is directed to local nonprofit groups
The donations will help these organizations complete projects and purchase much-needed materials. Examples include improving a school greenhouse, upgrading campground areas at Ledges State Park and providing baseball equipment for Little League participants.
The winning farmers and their chosen organizations from the four-county central Iowa area (Polk, Dallas, Boone and Marshall counties) participated in a special check presentation at the Monsanto Learning Center site near Huxley on March 30.
Central Iowa organizations and winning farmers for 2015
Farmers from the four counties directed a total of $10,000 to local nonprofits. The organizations and winning farmers for 2015 include:
•North Polk FFA, Polk County, selected by James Martens
• Rhodes Little League, Marshall County, selected by Matthew Goodman
• Friends of the Ledges, Boone County, selected by Randa Drake
• New Opportunities, Dallas County, selected by David Luett
Brian Kolln, territory sales manager for Monsanto, presented the awards to the four central Iowa winners at the Huxley event. "Farmers enroll in the program with a chance to win $2,500 and then donate it to the farmers' nonprofit of choice," he explained. "This is the fifth year of the program. All counties in Iowa have a winner and each receives a $2,500 donation from Monsanto. America's Farmers Grow Communities was launched in 2010 and has grown to include 1,324 eligible counties in 40 states."
Since 2010 a total of $19.8 million has been raised
For five years, American's Farmers Grow Communities has worked with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life-saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and much more.
The program is part of the America's Famers Initiative, which highlights the important contributions farmers make every day. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, visit growcommunities.com/. The Monsanto Fund also sponsors three other awards programs as part of the initiative. They are America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders and America's Farmers Mom of the Year.
Another effort supported by the America's Farmers Initiative is focused on consumers. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown and produced. Farmers are urged to consider joining the conversation and helping raise awareness about agriculture. Learn more at www.FoodDialogues.com.