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Valley County Farmers Can Plant the Seed to Help Grow Their Communities

Rural communities are the heart of America.  Whether growing corn to feed livestock, soybeans to create biodiesel or cotton to clothe us, farmers in these rural communities provide the necessities of our lives.

Now, farmers in Valley County have the opportunity to plant the seed that helps grow their communities.  Through America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organization.

Since Grow Communities began, nearly 60,000 farmers across 1,204 counties in 38 states signed up to help grow their community with more than $4.2 million in donations from the Monsanto Fund.  Rural Nebraska has been awarded $195,000 through the program.  The second annual Grow Communities program will include 1,245 counties across 39 states, which will result in an additional $102,500 going back to rural communities.  

The program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities, in order to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society.  Farmers can apply online at www.growcommunities.com, or call 1.877.267.3332 to apply by phone.

Farmers, age 21 and over, who are actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, cotton, or soybeans, or 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture are eligible.  Farmers can enter now through Nov. 30, 2011.  The program is open to all qualifying farmers, and no purchase is necessary in order to enter or win.  Farmers who meet the eligibility requirements may enter regardless of previous participation.  One winner will be drawn from each of the participating counties, and Monsanto Fund will announce winning farmers and recipient organizations in January 2012.

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