Here's an opportunity for area farmers to assist non-profit organizations, such as the young people involved with the 4-H program, in each of our counties. A program sponsored by Monsanto's America's Farmers Grow Communities™ Project will give nearly $250,000 to organizations in Iowa.
Through the program, qualifying farmers can direct a $2,500 award to a local nonprofit organization that's important to them and their community. The program is intended to benefit nonprofit community groups such as agricultural youth organizations, schools and other civic groups.
Farmers can apply online or request a copy of the official rules of the award program from the web site, www.growcommunities.com, by calling (877) 267-3332 or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America's Farmers Grow Communities Project, 914 Spruce St., St. Louis, Mo. 63102. The application is short and takes only minutes to complete.
Farmers age 21 and older who are actively involved in producing a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton are eligible. The application period runs through February 28th. The program is open to all qualifying farmers and there is no purchase requirement. In Iowa, one winner will be drawn from each of the state's 99 counties. Monsanto will announce winning farmers and recipient organizations in March 2010.
"Farmers in Iowa and across America work hard to feed, fuel and clothe our country and the world," said John Raines, Monsanto's vice president of customer advocacy. "As a company whose only business is agriculture, we want to work together with farmers to help them grow their local communities through the America's Farmers Grow Communities Project." This pilot program is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to society by reinvesting in their local communities.
Monsanto is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. They are a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. To learn more about Monsanto, visit www.monsanto.com
4-H is the nation's largest youth development organization with one in five Iowa school-age youth involved in the program. Iowa 4-H is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. For more information about 4-H in Iowa, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H
Those of us that don't farm can encourage farmers we know to complete the application. How neat would it be to have a local name selected and see the excitement from the members of the local organization that receives the financial support?