AVFD to receive Monsanto grant
Mar 09, 2013 (The Lebanon Reporter - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A $5,000 grant has been awarded to the Advance Volunteer Fire Department in the name of John Demaree, a Jamestown farmer who was chosen one of the Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Communities winners.
Because Boone County was declared a drought disaster area by the Agriculture Department, Demaree was given two $2,500 awards; he chose to give both to the fire department.
A check will be presented to AVFD representatives at a 6 p.m. Monday ceremony, said Clara Welsh, a spokeswoman for Monsanto's public relations firm.
"Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organizations," Welsh said. More than 1,000 of the 1,271 counties in 39 states eligible for the Monsanto program qualified for the extra $2,500 because of drought disaster declarations.
The Monsanto Fund invested more than $5 million in rural communities this year, Welsh said.
The Americas Farmers Grow Communities project was launched in 2010; this is the third straight year a Boone County farmer has been chosen for a grant.
In 2012, farmer Doug Everett contributed his $2,500 grant to the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department. Lloyd Hayden donated $2,500 to the Western Boone FFA Foundation in 2011.
Winners were selected at random from each eligible county. A county had to have a minimum of 30,000 acres planted in corn and/ or soybeans, or certain other crops in one year.
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