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Cherokee County farmer wins $2,500 for Meriden Fire Department

Monday, February 21, 2011

MERIDEN - Michael Dunn of Meriden has been selected as a winner in the America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations.

The Monsanto Fund sponsors the program, and winning farmers designate a local nonprofit organization to benefit from the donations. Dunn has designated the Meriden Fire Department, located in Meriden to receive the donation.

Dunn says he is very excited to have been selected as the winner for Cherokee County.

"I think it's a wonderful program to aid the rural communities and counties," Dunn said. "We're in the process right now of trying to get some funds to update our 1985 pumper so this is just a wonderful contribution."

Gerald Kintigh, Meriden Fire Chief, says the update is well overdue.

"We express our heartfelt thanks to Monsanto and their generous way of giving back to the community," Kintigh said. "The truck we are replacing was modified because it was never designed to be used as a fire truck. We will be replacing it with a later model designed for fire duty."

The $2,500 donation was awarded at a ceremony held Monday, at the Meriden Fire House.

In more than 1,200 eligible counties, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit.The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3 million in local communities. The program originated with two pilot programs. The first pilot included 139 counties in Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas. The second pilot was expanded to include 298 counties in California, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and South Dakota.

In total, more than $247,000 has been donated to nonprofits in Iowa.

The America's Farmers Grow Communities program is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local communities. To date, more than 60,000 farmers participated in the program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. Visit www.growcommunities.com to view a complete list of winners.



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