Local Farmers Have Another Opportunity to Grow Communities

For the past four-years - America's Farmers Grow Communities has invested more than 13-million dollars in rural America. Each year - the Monsanto Fund evaluates new counties to be included in this program - and this year there are 18 new eligible counties - so the program now reaches more than 12-hundred-89 counties across 39-states. Monsanto Fund President Deborah Patterson says farmers have really stepped up to the plate since the program piloted in 2010 and have thoughtfully chosen thousands of deserving organizations to receive the 25-hundred-dollar donation.

Again this year - winning farmers have the opportunity to make a difference in their own communities by enrolling and nominating a non-profit organization of their choice to receive a 25-hundred-dollar donation. Farmers must register at www dot grow communities dot com (www.growcommunities.com) but November 30th. The Monsanto Fund will select one winner randomly in each eligible county in December and announce the winners in January 2014. Rural community members may also visit the website and "plant" their ideas - submit an idea or initiative in need of funding. Then - when eligible farmers register - they can review the planted ideas and consider them for their donation. For more information go to www.growcommunities.com.

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