May 20, 2010

Gorin Farmer Wins $2,500 for Scotland County Historical Societyís Depot Fund

Monsantoís Americaís Farmers Grow Communities Project donates nearly $500,000 to countywide projects in Missouri, Iowa and Arkansas.



Neil Howard of Gorin has been selected as a winner in Monsantoís Americaís Farmers Grow Communities Project, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite non-profit organizations in each of Missouriís 57 participating counties.

Howard designated the Scotland County Historical Society and its Depot Fund as the recipient of financial contribution. The historical society, which is headquartered in Memphis, received the award for Scotland County.

Howard and representatives from both Scotland County Historical Society and Monsanto participated in an award ceremony on May 13th at the Downing House Museum.

The Americaís Farmers Grow Communities Project was offered throughout Iowa and in parts of Missouri and Arkansas. It is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto Company to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local communities. More than 7,500 farmers participated in the program, which is designed to benefit non-profit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations.

The pilot project sponsored by Monsanto Company reached 179 counties in Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas. That program resulted in nearly $500,000 in donations for local organizations such as FFA chapters, 4-H clubs, fire departments, community centers and schools. It was so successful the company has launched similar programs in 298 eligible counties in California, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and South Dakota.

Eligible farmers filled out an entry form at www.growcommunities.com or called the company to receive a copy of the entry form and rules in January. Completed entries were then mailed to the St. Louis office where one winner was randomly selected for each participating county.

ďWe believe farmers who register will make a good decision on where the money is most needed to support their communities,Ē said a representative of Monsanto. ďRural communities are the heart of America. Itís where we find the people who work hard to feed, fuel and clothe our country, and the world. We believe in rural America, and we want to support the communities where farmers, Monsanto Companyís customers, live and work. Monsanto Companyís only business is agriculture, so Monsanto Fund has a special interest in supporting farmers. The purpose of the project is for farmers to choose where they think the money is most needed in their communities.Ē

The company has indicated a desire to repeat and further expand the program in 2011.

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