March 3, 2011

Wyaconda Rural Fire Department Receives $2,500 Through America's Farmers Grow Communities Program

WYACONDA, Mo. (March 1, 2011) - Gloria Hodges of Wyaconda has been selected as a winner in the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The Monsanto Fund sponsors the program, and winning farmers designate a local nonprofit organization to benefit from the donations. Hodges has designated the Wyaconda Rural Fire Department, located in Wyaconda, to receive the donation.

Hodges said she is very excited to have been selected as the winner for Clark County. "I think the America's Farmers Grow Communities program is wonderful because our community really needs to be built up. We're a small community, and we just need all the help we can get."

Sandra Ebeling, Wyaconda Rural Fire Department secretary/treasurer, said, "I think it's a wonderful opportunity for people in local communities to benefit. We live in a rural area where we need things and sometimes don't generate a lot of funding."

The $2,500 donation was awarded at a ceremony held Feb. 23 at the Wyaconda Fire Station.

In more than 1,200 eligible counties, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3 million in local communities. Previous Grow Communities projects resulted in the donation of nearly $1.2 million in 477 counties in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota. In total, more than $320,000 has been donated to nonprofits in Missouri.

The America's Farmers Grow Communities program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local communities. To date, more than 60,000 farmers participated in the program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. Visit www.growcommunities.com to view a complete list of winners.

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