Monsanto grant will help Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation in outreach to consumers

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DOVER, DEL. (Sept. 26, 2018) — Kent County farmer Richard Wilkins, president of the Kent County Farm Bureau, directed a $2,500 donation to Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

As part of its mission, Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation will use the funds for an outreach program informing consumers and the public about the benefits of innovative agricultural production techniques.

Delaware Farm Bureau President and Foundation chairman Kitty Holtz said, “We appreciate the opportunity to be able to reach consumers through an upcoming project called ‘My Delaware Farmer.’ We hope to provide stories of how local farm families are utilizing science and technology to provide more nutritious foods to our consumers.”

Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has partnered with farmers to support nonprofit organizations important to them in their local communities. The program has given more than $29 million to farming communities since its inception, including more than $3 million in 2018. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit they care about in their community. The organizations reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and many others.

“Farmers play a pivotal role in rural communities, and through their commitment to the Grow Communities program, we are able to provide the monetary support these nonprofit organizations need to make an impact,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “We’re proud to play a part in helping these rural communities grow and thrive.”

To see if a nonprofit in your local community is a 2018 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipient, visit www.GrowCommunities.com. You can also learn more about the Grow Communities program by checking out Facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.

From now until Nov. 1, eligible farmers in eligible counties can enroll for a chance to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite local nonprofit. To enroll or learn more, farmers can go to http://www.GrowCommunities.com or call the toll-free number 877-267-3332. Winners are randomly selected in December and in January the winning farmers are announced and organizations that have been selected to receive funding will be contacted.

 

About America’s Farmers

The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern U.S. Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.AmericasFarmers.com.

 

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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