AMERICA’S FARMERS TO PLANT $3 MILLION TO HELP GROW THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES

America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program to Give $2,500 Awards in 1,201 Counties

Nationwide and Benefit Local United Way Chapters with Each Sign‐Up

BOONE, IOWA (Aug. 31, 2010) – Today the Monsanto Fund announced the nationwide

launch of the America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program at the Farm Progress Show, the

nation’s largest outdoor farm event, in Boone, Iowa. This program gives eligible farmers the

opportunity to win $2,500 for their community. America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM is

being offered in 1,201 counties across 38 states. Eligible farmers can sign up today through

Dec. 31, 2010 at www.growcommunities.com or by calling 1. 877.267.3332.

“More than 95 percent of the land in the United States is home to a rural community,

and farmers work hard to support those communities,” said Brett Begemann, Monsanto Fund

Chairman. “We created the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program to celebrate that

hard work. Every rural community has vital needs. It’s our goal for each $2,500 award to

support rural community needs and cause a ripple effect of benefits along the way.”

The program is intended to benefit nonprofit community groups such as ag youth

organizations, schools, fire departments and other civic groups important to America’s farmers.

It the program’s initial year, farmers in ten states helped grow their communities.

“A donation of $2,500 could help a community garden buy thousands of seeds, or help a

school buy new computers,” said John Raines, Vice President of Customer Advocacy for

Monsanto. “It takes just a few minutes for a farmer to sign up online for a chance to really

benefit an organization that’s important to them, and more importantly, benefit their friends,

family and neighbors as a result of that donation.”

Monsanto Fund also will donate $1 to the United Way on behalf of each farmer who

signs up for the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The $1 will be donated to the

United Way chapter in the home county of the farmer. This offers yet another way for farmers

to invest in the future of their rural community.

Farmers can apply online at www.growcommunities.com or they can 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, soybeans and/or cotton, or 40 acres of open field

RELEASE Immediately

CONTACTS Gayla Daugherty, Monsanto Community Outreach Mgr., 314/694‐6229

Mimi Ricketts, Monsanto Public Affairs, 314/694‐5703

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vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected

culture, are eligible. The application period runs September 1 through December 31, 2010. The

program is open to all qualifying farmers, and no purchase is necessary in order to enter or win.

One winner will be drawn from each of the 1,201 participating counties. Monsanto Fund will

announce winning farmers and recipient organizations in January 2011.

States with eligible counties include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,

Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland,

Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,

North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota,

Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Visit www.growcommunities.com to sign up and to learn more about the America’s

Farmers Grow Communities program. The project is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto

Fund to invest in farm communities, in order to highlight the important contributions farmers

make every day to our society. To obtain a copy of the official rules for this program, visit

www.growcommunities.com or send a written request to Jane Winburn, 914 Spruce St., St.

Louis, MO 63102.

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