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Arizona’s Farmers and Ranchers Always Making a Difference September 2, 2013

America’s Farmers Grows Communities launches fourth year


By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau

In its first year (2010), America’s Farmers Grows Communities didn’t have a winner from Arizona. But every year since then, Arizona’s farmers have submitted nominations and won support for their favorite organizations.  As an example, hay farmer Steven Bales, Jr. from Buckeye nominated Buckeye Union High School FFA for support and helped them win a $2,500 donation.


Thanks to the help of local farmers throughout the country, over the past four years America’s Farmers Grow Communities has invested more than $13 million in rural America. Now in its fourth consecutive year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities will give 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 community.


“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 Fund president.


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 states.

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So, let’s keep the streak going in Arizona and make sure we nominate deserving organizations for the 2014 year of America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

How To Enter

To make a difference in your community, register for a chance to donate to your favorite nonprofit organization online at GrowCommunities.com. The deadline for eligible farmers to enter is November 30, 2013. 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 2014.


New to the Grow Communities program last year is 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 their registrations.


Farmers have helped fund more than 5,200 nonprofit organizations in rural America through America’s Farmers Grow Communities. Farmers and rural community members can now visit GrowCommunities.com and register to win or submit an idea in need of funding. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural communities.


For more information about this program and to view the official rules, please visit GrowCommunities.com.
About the Monsanto Fund: The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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