Extension News

America’s Farmers Grow Communities Project Chooses 4-H in 14 Iowa Counties

America's Farmers Grow Communities

5/13/2010

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa 4-H has received $35,000 from Monsanto through the company’s recent America’s Farmers Grow Communities project. The local award money will assist 4-H groups and programs in 14 counties.

According to Joe Leisz, executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, Monsanto awarded $2,500 to each of the following: Adair County Extension 4-H; Clayton County Extension 4-H/Monona Junior Feeders 4-H; Emmet County/Iowa Lake 4-H; Henry County Extension 4-H; Jefferson County 4-H Foundation; Johnson County Agricultural Association; Linn County Fair/4-H; Louisa County Extension Council; Mills County 4-H Endowment; Monona County Extension 4-H; Monroe County Extension 4-H; Sioux County Extension 4-H; Wapello County 4-H Expo; and Winneshiek County Extension 4-H.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is an award program with a twist — qualified farmers nominated local nonprofit organizations that are important to them and their community, Leisz explained. “In January we asked Iowa farmers to consider nominating 4-H through the program, and many of them did. We are very pleased that Monsanto selected 4-H to receive the award money in 14 counties.”

Farmers age 21 and older and actively involved in producing a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton were eligible for the America’s Farmers Grow Communities project. More than 7,500 farmers participated in Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas, the three states where the project was available.

In Iowa, Monsanto selected one winner from each of the state’s 99 counties. The company is announcing the names of the winning farmers and recipient organizations as the awards are made. Visit www.growcommunities.com to see a complete list of winners.

One winning farmer, Dan Weber, of Hedrick, designated the Wapello County 4-H Expo to receive the award. He was pleased to have been selected as the winner for Wapello County.

“I’m a member of the 4-H Expo Board and it’s a challenge every year to get enough funding, so this award is really appreciated,” Weber said.

Wapello County Youth Coordinator Lisa Whitmore said, “This is an amazing honor and we are very grateful to have been selected to receive this donation. We will be able to support our 4-H’ers accomplishments during the 2010 4-H Expo and also provide activities and educational opportunities not only for our 4-H families, but members of the community as well.”

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 the 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 participates 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.

About the Iowa 4-H Foundation
The Iowa 4-H Foundation provides the financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs throughout the state of Iowa. The opportunities provided by the Foundation help young people enhance their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication and social skills – tools that will give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors. The Iowa 4-H Foundation is a charitable 501 (c) 3 organization with a governing board of 35 trustees. Learn more at www.iowa4hfoundation.org.

-30-

Contacts :

Gayla Daugherty, Monsanto U.S. Commercial, 314-694-6229, gayla.daugherty@monsanto.com

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