ST. LOUIS – For the third consecutive year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives eligible farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organization. Farmers can enter now through Nov. 30 for their chance to help a nonprofit in need.
Rural community members can suggest a local nonprofit idea or initiative that needs funding in their community. Farmers may review the ideas and consider them in their entry.
Since 2010, the Monsanto Fund has invested more than $7 million in rural America through Grow Communities. In Illinois, at least $240,000 will be distributed to local nonprofit organizations among 96 counties. In 2012, Illinois farmers directed: $57,500 to ag youth; $35,000 to fire/emergency services; $30,000 to community improvement; $77,500 to education; and $40,000 to service organizations.
Additionally, winning farmers from counties that have been declared natural disaster areas due to the drought by the USDA will have an opportunity to direct an additional $2,500 donation to a local nonprofit to address community needs that have surfaced due to the drought. To date, more than 700 counties have been declared disaster areas within the 1,271 eligible Grow Communities counties.
Farmers can enter online, and rural community members can submit their ideas at www.growcommunities.com or by calling 877-267-3332.
The Monsanto Fund will select one winner at random from each of the eligible counties and announce winning farmers and recipient non- profits in January.
Eligible counties in Illinois include Bureau, Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the contributions farmers make every day to society and to help them impact their communities.