Fredericktown FFA graciously accepts donation from the Monsanto–America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

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Recently an anonymous farmer/donor in Knox County won an opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to Fredericktown FFA.  The Fredericktown FFA will use the funds to continue to grow their local agricultural/leadership program in preparing students for career success in the Agricultural field thru a wide variety of activities under the direction of FFA Advisor, Debra Burden.

The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities.  Each year farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit organization.

Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.

“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president.  “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.”

For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit .

*About America’s Farmers

The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern US Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America.  To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at

*About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work.  Visit the Monsanto Fund at .

 Pictured is Holly McClay (2016-17 FFA President) and Jessica Small (2017-18 FFA President) accepting the donation.

Pictured is Holly McClay (2016-17 FFA President) and Jessica Small (2017-18 FFA President) accepting the donation.