Today is the final day for farmers to register for Monsanto’s “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” Project. Outreach Manager Annie Keyser says producers throughout the KMZU listening area are qualified to participate…
“Any county that has 30-thousand acres of corn, cotton, soybean or vegetables is included in the program,” she says. This year that accounts for 1271 counties across 39 states and one winning farmer in each of those counties will be selected as a winner and he or she will get to place a donation with their favorite local non-profit.”
Over the past three years funds have been donated to local FFA chapters, 4-H clubs, libraries and fire departments.
Keyser says there’s an added bonus for areas challenged by Mother Nature during the 2012 growing season.
“Any county that has been declared a disaster area by the U.S.D.A. due to the drought,” she says, “winning farmers in those counties will actually get to choose two non-profit organizations to accept the $2,500 donations, so it’s going to be a total of $5000. Missouri has 71 eligible counties for the program and as I’m sure it comes as no surprise every one of those, all 71, have been declared drought”
Farmers interested in participating are encouraged to call the toll-free number 877-267-3332. To register on-line click here.
Click the following link to hear KMZU’s Janet Adkison talk with Annie Keyser about the program.