Grants are awarded based on merit, need and community support. The
more farmers who nominate a school district, the more it
demonstrates community support and can strengthen the school
This year, the program has expanded to 18
new counties, for a total of 1,289 eligible counties across 39
School administrators in nominated districts will have until
April 21 to submit their applications online. The application
website is also equipped to help answer specific questions about the
Grow Rural Education program overall and assist with the grant
"As we work to grow our next generation of farmers, building a
strong math and science foundation is vital," said Linda Arnold,
Monsanto customer advocacy lead. "Working together with farmers and
rural school districts, we are building relationships that benefit
the community, with the ultimate goal of improving education."
The America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a
group of approximately 30 farmers from across the country, will
review and select the winning grant applications. Advisory council
members were selected based on their passion for farming and
education, as well as experience in rural school districts.
Last year, more than 73,000 farmers nominated 4,024 school
districts, resulting in $2.3 million in grants to improve math and
science education in 181 districts across the country.
The America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program is part of a
broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to strengthen farming
communities. The program launched in 2012, after a successful pilot
in Minnesota and Illinois, and has since awarded nearly $5 million
to school districts across the county.
For more information about the America's Farmers Grow Rural
Education program and to view the official rules, a list of eligible
states, counties and crop reporting districts, visit
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The America's Farmers campaign is an advocacy and community
outreach program celebrating U.S. farmers through communications,
awards and special programs that highlight the importance of modern
America's Farmers initiatives include:
America's Farmers Grow Communities, which supports rural
communities by offering farmers the chance to win $2,500 for their
favorite local nonprofit organization.
America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, which supports rural
education by offering farmers the chance to nominate local school
districts, which can compete for a $10,000 or $25,000 merit-based
grant to enhance math and science education.
America's Farmers Mom of the Year, which celebrates women in
agriculture by offering the chance to win up to $10,000 and the
title of "National Farm Mom of the Year."
America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which launched this year in
Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska, North Carolina and South
Carolina and aims to encourage the next generation to remain
involved in agriculture by offering students the chance to apply for
a $1,500 scholarship.
To learn more, visit America's Farmers at
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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.