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America's Farmers Grow Communities

August 13, 2014
By Jeremy Garst of Western Boone FFA



Western Boone FFA provides valuable learning experiences for youth interested in the agriculture industry.  Through involvement in FFA, students develop the skills to become leaders in their communities.  Simply put, today’s FFA youth members are the future of the industry. It takes funds to run our program. We are asking you to participate in this opportunity to provide us with some much needed funds.  

Farmers in Boone & surrounding Counties have the opportunity to plant the seed that helps grow their local FFA chapters.  Through America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit. 

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. If you participate is this program, Western Boone could be one of the organizations selected to a grant to help cover our annual budget.

Entries for this program must be received between August 1, 2014 and November 30, 2014.

Entrants must be 21 years old or older and actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans, and/or cotton; or 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers, and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture (glasshouse, nethouse, plastic). Entrants are limited to one entry per qualified person (regardless of the form of entry). A farmer is "actively engaged in farming" if he or she performs the work, or hires and actively manages others who do so.

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 the Monsanto Fund will announce winning farmers and recipient organizations in January 2014. Last year, farmers in Indiana directed $207,500 to 83 nonprofit organizations.

The Western Boone FFA Chapter would like to invite eligible farmers to participate in this program. If the Western Boone FFA receives this grant, the money will be used to cover the costs of substitute teachers needed in the classroom for when the ag advisor, Mr. Galloway, takes the chapter on field trips as well as cover the other field trip expenses. The Chapter attends contests, activities, and events that happen during the school year. It would also pay the contests and events fees so that any qualified member can attend. The Western Boone FFA Chapter appreciates your support of the America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM.


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