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Consider 4-H for New Monsanto Grant Program

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.

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