Consider 4H for New Monsanto Grant Program

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Consider 4-H for New Monsanto Grant Program

1/7/2010

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa farmers have until Feb. 28 to help nonprofit organizations in their communities with nearly $250,000 in local grants through Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities™ Project. The Iowa 4-H Foundation hopes they’ll direct those dollars to 4-H through this new pilot program that Monsanto is offering throughout Iowa and in parts of Missouri and Arkansas.

Through the program, qualifying farmers can direct a $2,500 award to a local nonprofit organization that’s important to them and their community, explained Joe Leisz, executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The program is intended to benefit nonprofit community groups such as ag youth organizations, schools and other civic groups.

“We hope Iowa farmers will consider 4-H for this award,” Leisz said.

Farmers can apply online or request a copy of the official rules of the award program from the Web site, www.growcommunities.com, by calling (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. 

Farmers age 21 and older who are actively involved in producing a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton are eligible. The application period runs through Feb. 28.  The program is open to all qualifying farmers and there is no purchase requirement.  In Iowa, one winner will be drawn from each of the state’s 99 counties.  Monsanto will announce winning farmers and recipient organizations they chose in March 2010.

“Farmers in Iowa and across America work hard to feed, fuel and clothe our country and the world,” said John Raines, Monsanto’s vice president of customer advocacy.  “As a company whose only business is agriculture, we want to work together with farmers to help them grow their local communities through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Project.”

The pilot program is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to society by reinvesting in their local communities.

About Monsanto Company
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about Monsanto, visit www.monsanto.com

About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth are involved in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.

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Contacts :
Shelly Greving, Iowa 4-H Foundation, (515) 294-1607, shellyg@iastate.edu
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu
Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto Company, (314) 694-9139, brenda.m.cockrell@monsanto.com
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