When Carrie Lambright was told that she had been selected to receive $2,500 from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, she knew right where she wanted to money to go – Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center.
“I was pleasantly surprised to get that call. And I knew this is where I wanted it to go,” she said. Lambright is one of the crisis center’s board members and knows the needs that the organization has.
The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program works directly with farmers to support non-profit organizations doing important work in rural communities. The program encourages farmers to enter to win $2,500, which is then directed to the farmer's nonprofit of choice. Launched nationally in 2011, the program has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states. America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America's Farmers initiative, which highlights the important contributions farmers make every day to society.
Wess Richey, a district sales manager with Channel DSM and Monsanto, was on hand Tuesday to present the check to Elijah Haven.
Richey said that one name is drawn per county in the 1,289 counties participating in 39 states. “The farmer doesn’t need to plant Monsanto to enter. Any grower can sign up,” he pointed out.
The program is just one of several that the company sponsors, including FFA chapter awards, with the top FFA chapter earning a trip to the FFA National Convention, as well as grants for rural education.