Monsanto Fund Lends A Helping Hand To Local Iowa Communities

Monsanto Fund Lends A Helping Hand To Local Iowa Communities

Farmers can now register to win $2,500 to help grow their community, thanks to Monsanto-sponsored program.

The Monsanto Fund has launched its fourth year of America's Farmers Grow Communities, a program and we would like to encourage farmers to sign up again for the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit," says Stephanie Miller, spokeswoman for the fund.

"It's free to sign up, and since all eligible counties will have a winner, one or more farmers in your area will be selected as one of our 1,289 winners across 39 states," she says." Entries must be received between 9 a.m. central time on August 1, 2013 and 9 p.m. central time on November 30, 2013—the "program entry period."

NO COST TO ENTER: It is time to sign up again for the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to support local farming communities. Launched in 2010, the program allows farmers to enter to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organization, such as 4-H, FFA, schools, fire departments and other civic groups. One winner will be selected in each of the 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states.

Thanks to farmers across Iowa, $1,245,000 has been invested in rural communities throughout the state. Back for the fourth consecutive year, America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will be giving farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite, local nonprofit organization. Since the program was piloted in 2010, America's Farmers Grow Communities has helped more than 495 nonprofit organizations nationwide.

Various non-profit organizations have been supported by this program in Iowa

Nonprofit organizations continue to search for funding opportunities that will better enhance their programs. Through the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, farmers have been able to support a variety of nonprofit organizations in Iowa.

FFA chapters across the state of Iowa have received a total of $172,500 in Grow Communities donations. Farmers helped put out fires by donating $300,000 to fire- and health-related organizations. Service organizations, like food pantries, have received $167,500. Grow Communities has donated $175,000 to education organizations. Community improvement organizations have received $265,000 through Grow Communities. Many farmers chose to give back to their local 4-H clubs. A total of $135,000 has been donated to 4-H clubs across the state.

America's Farmers Grow Communities was launched nationally in 2011 and has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states. Farmers and rural community members can now visit the Grow Communities website or call 1-877-267-3332 and register to win or submit an idea for a nonprofit in need of funding. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to support rural communities.

Goal of program: Let's grow rural America one community at a time

Rural communities are the heart of America. "It's where we find the people who work hard to feed, fuel and clothe our country and the world," says Miller. "We believe in rural America, and we want to help grow farming communities. This is why we work directly with the farmers to determine where the $2,500 is donated within their community. Farmers know best and choose the nonprofit organization in their community where the donation will make the most impact."

People in eligible counties have the opportunity to suggest an idea or initiative for a farmer to consider in his/her America's Farmers Grow Communities entry, Miller adds. You can Plant Your Idea here. "You will need the name of your nonprofit organization and a brief description of the project," she says.

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