Eligible farmers can have grant money sent to their school or favorite nonprofit group.
For the third consecutive year, America's Farmers Grow Communities is providing the opportunity for farmers to win a $2,500 donation for schools and nonprofit organizations. The program is being sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening communities where farmers live and work.
Last year, $110,000 was provided for Ohio education through America's Farmers Grow Communities, America's Farmers Grow Rural Education and the Monsanto Fund.
"Budget cuts have put a strain on rural education, but a $2,500 Grow Communities donation can help schools reach fundraising goals, purchase new technology equipment and provide support where there is a need," Monsanto Fund president Deborah Patterson said.
Farmers can enter at www.growcommunities.
com or by calling 877-267-3332 through Nov. 30.
How to help
WHAT: Win $2,500 for a school or nonprofit organization
WHEN: Now through Nov. 30
HOW: Nominate a school or nonprofit organization
FOR MORE: www.growcommunities.co
Entrants must live or farm in eligible counties, including but not limited to: Trumbull, Mahoning, Ashtabula, Butler, Columbiana, Erie, Lorain, Mercer, Portage and Sandusky.
Participants must be 21 years old or older and actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans, or cotton; 40 acres of open field vegetables; or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers, or cucumbers grown in protected culture (glasshouse, nethouse, plastic).
Only one entry per qualified person is allowed.
One winner will be selected at random from each of the eligible counties, with the list of winners announced in January.
For more information, including official rules, visit www.growcommunities.com.