America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, supports local farming communities. The program, launched in 2010, allows farmers to enter to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organization, such as; 4-H, FFA, Schools, Fire Departments and other civic groups. One winner will be selected in each of the 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states.
Farmers are small business owners and their investments generate income for local businesses, provide jobs for their neighbors, and support local charities. So when an extraordinary circumstance, like drought, hits a county, the impact affects everyone in the community. To date, nearly 500 counties have been declared disaster areas by the USDA within the 1,271 eligible Grow Communities counties.
To help, America’s Farmers Grow Communities is providing additional financial support to farming communities impacted by drought. To further support counties that have been declared disaster areas by the USDA due to drought, winning farmers in these counties can choose where to direct an additional $2,500 donation based on community needs that surfaced because of the drought. Find out if your county is eligible for additional disaster relief here.
New this year: rural community members in eligible counties have the opportunity to suggest an idea or initiative for a farmer to consider in his/her America’s Farmers Grow Communities entry. Information on Plant Your Idea is here (you will need the name of your nonprofit organization and a brief description of the project).