Northwest Iowa Farmers Get Grants For Community And Non-Profit Organizations

Date posted - February 13, 2012

A lucky farmer in every one of Iowa’s counties as well as several others in other states have received grants to help community and non-profit organizations from Monsanto Corporation.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to support farming communities by offering farmers the opportunity to register to win a $2500 donation for their favorite community charity. Recipients could include FFA, 4-H, schools or other civic organizations hospitals, fire departments or food pantries.

This program is designed for farmers who live in one of the 1,245 counties, are 21 years or older, and actively engaged in farming at least 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton, or farm 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

In our four-county area:

The Osceola County winner was David Rossman. He picked May City Fire & Ambulance to get the $2500 designated for Osceola County. Jay Hofland was the O’Brien County winner. That $2500 went to the Sanborn Fire Department for Bin Rescue Equipment. Nathan Rath was the Lyon County winner. He picked Lyon County Extension 4-H to get the $2500. Craig Wegner was the winner in Sioux County, and he picked the West Sioux FFA.

Now, Monsanto is coming out with another program. Annie Kayser, Community Outreach Coordinator with Monsanto says they’re happy to be introducing America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education.

She says it’s similar to the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program but they have their differences too.

For more information, you can go to www.growruraleducation.com.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director

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