Over $26 million to over 8,000 non-profit organizations since 2010. That’s the national total for the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. In Indiana alone, local community non-profits have been rewarded to the tune of more than $1.6 million.
“The purpose of the Monsanto Fund is to strengthen communities where farmers and our employees live and work, and so that is rural America and the counties and communities that are eligible to participate in these progams,” explains Program Manager Angie Allen.
Indiana farmers and farmers all over the U.S. can enroll now for 2018 and a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization. All farmers are now eligible to enroll in the program if they are at least 21 years old and actively engaged in farming at least 250 acres.
Allen says many different types of non-profits have benefited in the past.
“Farmers typically choose things like 4-H, FFA, food pantries, fire departments, schools, parks and so much more,” she said. “In Indiana some of the 2017 organizations receiving funds were the Montgomery County free clinic, Hoosier Prairie Elementary School, Covington Community High School, Hickory Grove Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, and Food Finders Food Bank. So, that money is going locally to help people, and that’s really what this is all about.”
In the 2018 award cycle, the Grow Communities program will award more than $3 million to nonprofits in rural America.
One example of the funds working in Indiana is Jerry Harlow, a 2017 Tipton county winning farmer. He directed the donation to his local volunteer fire department. With the funds, Sharpsville Fire Department will purchase a Grain Bin Rescue System to better serve the farmers in Prairie Township and Tipton counties.
“Through the years, we have seen this program impact countless local communities, and we are proud to partner with farmers on this initiative to continue supporting nonprofit organizations important to them,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Because of farmers’ commitment to the Grow Communities program, their donations have provided vital support to organizations that make a lasting impact in local communities throughout the U.S.”
Farmers can enroll in the Grow Communities program from now to Nov. 1, 2017. Online enrollment, as well as a complete list of program rules and eligibility information, can be found at www.GrowCommunities.com or by calling 1-877-267-3332 toll-free.