America’s farmers can support local school district with $2,500 donation

$160,000 invested toward education in Minnesota through the Monsanto Fund

ST. LOUIS — Elementary and high schools in 26 states currently receive less state funding in the 2012-13 school year in comparison to last year’s numbers. In 35 states, school funding now stands below 2008 levels, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

But thanks to the generosity of farmers through “America’s Farmers Grow Communities,” $555,000 was donated to schools nationwide in 2012.

For the third straighjt year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will give eligible farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation direct to their local school or favorite nonprofit organization. With limited available resources, community donations help schools upgrade necessary equipment that contributes to a progressive learning environment.

Last year, 20 farmers directed $50,000 to help improve Minnesota education through Grow Communities.

“Rural schools are the heart of America, and today’s farmers are partnering with the Monsanto Fund to invest in the next generation through education,” said Deborah Patterson, the Monsanto Fund president. “Budget cuts have put a strain on rural education, but a $2,500 Grow Communities donation can help schools reach fundraising goals, purchase new technology equipment and provide support where there is a need.”

The Monsanto Fund also invested $2.3 million into education this year through “America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education.” This program gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a public school district in their community to compete for a grant of either $10,000 or $25,000 to enhance education in the areas of math and/or science.

Now through Nov. 30, farmers can enter at www.growcommunities.com or by calling 1-877-267-3332. The Monsanto Fund selects one winner at random from each of the eligible counties and announce winning farmers and recipient nonprofits in January.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities and Grow Rural Education highlights the important contributions farmers make every day to our society to help them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural America.

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Com., is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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