Illinois farmers lend a helping hand
can now register to win $2,500 to help grow their community
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ST. LOUIS -- Back for the fourth
consecutive year, the America's Farmers Grow Communities program,
sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will give farmers the opportunity to
win a $2,500 donation for their favorite local nonprofit
Thanks to farmers across Illinois, $972,500 has been invested in
rural communities throughout the state since the program was piloted
in 2010. It has helped more than 389 nonprofit organizations.
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 Illinois:
across the state have received a total of $155,000 in Grow
Farmers helped put
out fires by donating $160,000 to fire- and health-related
organizations, like food pantries, have received $250,000.
has donated $230,000 to education organizations.
improvement organizations have received $87,500 through Grow
Many farmers chose to give back to
their local 4-H clubs. A total of $80,000 has been donated to
4-H clubs across the state.
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America's Farmers Grow Communities launched nationally in 2011
and has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states.
Farmers and rural community members can now visit
GrowCommunities.com 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
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The Monsanto Fund,
the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Co., is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where
farmers and Monsanto employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto
Fund at www.monsantofund.org.