ST. LOUIS — Thanks to the help of local farmers, America’s
Farmers Grow Communities has invested more than $13 million in rural America
over the past four years.
Now in its fourth consecutive year, America’s Farmers Grow
Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their
favorite local nonprofit organizations.
Winning farmers have the opportunity to make a difference in
their own communities by enrolling and nominating a nonprofit organization of
their choice. Over the past years, organizations have used the funding to
purchase vital equipment, supplies and resources for the betterment of their
“Farmers have really stepped up to the plate since Grow
Communities piloted in 2010 and have thoughtfully chosen thousands of deserving
organizations to receive the $2,500 donation,” said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto
Each year in an effort to expand the impact of Grow
Communities throughout rural America, the Monsanto Fund evaluates new counties
to be included in the program. Thanks to the addition of 18 new eligible
counties this year, Grow Communities now reaches 1,289 counties across 39
Farmers can register for a chance to donate to their
favorite nonprofit organization online at GrowCommunities.com . The deadline
for eligible farmers to enter is Nov. 30.
In December, the Monsanto Fund will then select one winner
at random in each eligible county and announce winning farmers and recipient
nonprofits in January.
New to the Grow Communities program last year was the chance
for community members to “plant” their ideas. Rural community members can now
visit the Grow Communities website and submit an idea or initiative in need of
funding. Eligible farmers are able to review planted ideas and consider them in
Farmers have helped fund more than 5,200 nonprofit
organizations in rural America through America’s Farmers Grow Communities. This
program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural
For more information about this program and to view the
official rules, visit GrowCommunities.com.