America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is now launching in 40 states, with more than $500,000 worth of scholarships available. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program provides $1,500 college scholarships to students pursuing a degree related to agriculture. High school seniors and college students can apply until Feb. 1, and farmers have until Feb. 8 to endorse their applications.
Back for a fourth year, America's Farmers Grow Rural Education is partnering with farmers to award another $2.3 million to rural school districts. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program encourages farmers to nominate their local schools districts to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to enhance math and science education. Farmers can nominate public schools until April 1, 2015 and nominated schools have until April 15, 2015 to submit their application.
Iroquois farmer supports Loda Fire Protection District through America’s Farmers Grow Communities
– Local farmer Melvin Coulter has directed a $2,500 donation to the Loda Fire Protection District. Funded by America's Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the department purchase extrication equipment, specifically air lifting bags. When asked why he chose to direct the donation to the Loda Fire Protection District, Coulter explained that he was raised in the district. His father was also a charter member firefighter who volunteered for 25 years before retiring.
Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.
"It feels great to receive the donation," said Fire Chief Harold Ecker. "It's difficult for volunteer departments, we always need more money. All donations are greatly appreciated."
America's Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Loda Fire Protection District, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer's nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America's Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.
America's Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $13 million to more than 5,200 nonprofit organizations across the country. America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America's Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions farmers like Melvin Coulter make every day.
For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.
The Cissna Park and Crescent-Iroquois Ag Hall-of-Fame is a new creation this year. And the annual Cissna Park FFA Scholarship Auction today (Sat) will feature the first inductees into the Hall-of-Fame.
Today's dinner and auction is from 4-6 pm at the Cissna Park High School gym.
John Terrell (Tear-O) is FFA President. He says 15 FFA alumni will be honored...
All proceeds from the event benefit the FFA chapter.