America’s Farmers Grow Communities gives farmers the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite non-profit community organization. The program gives the Monsanto Fund the opportunity to support organizations that are important to farmers and rural communities. It also gives farmers an opportunity to help build the communities they love so much.
Jess DeLancey was the winner for Steuben County. He donated the funds to Prairie Heights FFA for irrigation construction and the Orland Fire Department for a new fire truck.
Monsanto started America’s Farmers Grow Communities in 2009. The following year, the Monsanto Fund began sponsoring the program. These first two pilots provided nearly $1.2 million to farmers in 10 U.S. states.
The second pilot alone benefited 298 organizations, with 35 percent of the awards going to agricultural youth groups, 24 percent directed toward community organizations, and 15 percent donated to various educational programs.
With the success of the first two pilots, the Monsanto Fund launched the program nationally in 2011 to 1,024 counties and again in 2012 to 1,245 counties. This year, the Monsanto Fund expects to contribute more than $7.3 million in 1,271 counties across 39 states.