Monsanto Fund to donate over $107,000 in 43 eligible South Dakota counties

For the past month, farmers in South Dakota have been applying for a chance to win $2,500 for their favorite local non-profit group. The awards are available through Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Communities ProjectSM, a program being offered in select counties in South Dakota and six other states. One winner in each of South Dakota's 43 eligible counties will be randomly selected.

Now, the process for farmers to enter has just gotten easier. Farmers in eligible counties can apply at www.growcommunities.com, or they can call 1.877.267.3332 and apply by phone.

"America's Farmers Grow Communities gives us the opportunity to recognize the vital role of American farmers in their communities," said Brett Begemann, Monsanto Fund chairman. "We urge you to take a few minutes to sign up on the website to support your community, whether it's your local school, FFA, 4-H, fire department or other non-profit organization. We want to help you grow your community."

An official copy of the award program rules can be requested by calling 1.877.267.3332 or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America's Farmers Grow Communities Project, 914 Spruce St., St. Louis, MO 63102. The deadline to enter is July 31. Farmers are encouraged to apply now.

America's Farmers Grow Communities Project originally debuted in Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri, and resulted in more than $450,000 invested in local farming communities. Throughout the three states, local ag youth organizations such as FFA and 4-H groups received over $177,000; community fire departments received over $62,000; and local schools received $60,000. Many other civic groups benefited as well. Visit www.growcommunities.com to view a list of program winners from Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri.

Farmers, age 21 and over, who are actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton, or 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture, are eligible.  The application period runs May 1 through July 31.  The program is open to all qualifying farmers who live in eligible counties in California, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and South Dakota, where a minimum of 50,000 acres of corn or soybeans, or 25,000 acres of cotton, or 50,000 acres of vegetables, are planted.  No purchase is necessary in order to enter or win.  Monsanto Fund will announce winning farmers and recipient organizations by September 2010.

The new project is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto Fund to support charities in farm communities, in order to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society.
 
About Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. Incorporated in 1964, the Fund's primary objective is to improve the lives of people by bridging the gap between their needs and their resources. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org/asp/welcome.asp.

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