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August 14, 2012

Iowa farmers support rural organizations

ST. LOUIS — Farmers across the country work hard to build their businesses that help fuel their rural communities. For the third consecutive year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will give farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite local nonprofit organization. This year, the program expands to 26 new counties and will provide an online platform to aid community involvement.

James Nahkunst, Grow Communities winner from Fremont County, Iowa, understands firsthand how $2,500 can impact a nonprofit organization.

With more than 90 percent of the U.S. corn and soy production currently impacted by the drought, a farmer’s ability to invest in his or her community is affected. To help, the Monsanto Fund will provide additional financial support. Winning farmers from counties that have been declared natural disaster areas by the USDA will have an opportunity to direct an additional $2,500 donation to a local non-profit to address community needs that have surfaced due to the drought. To date, nearly 700 counties have been declared disasters areas within the 1,271 eligible Grow Communities counties.

Community members who wish to plant an idea and encourage farmers to support their cause can do so at www.growcommunities.com.

Now through Nov. 30, eligible farmers can apply online, and rural community members can submit their ideas at www.growcommunities.com or by calling 1-877-267-3332.  All 99 counties in Iowa are eligible in Grow Communities.                  

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make everyday to our society and to help them positively impact their communities.

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