Farmers Can Extend Community Support Through New Monsanto Award Program

ST. LOUIS (Feb. 3, 2010) – Farmers throughout Iowa and in parts of Missouri and Arkansas can apply for a $2,500 award to help a non-profit organization that’s important to them and their communities. The award is available through a new pilot program called Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities™ Project.

The program is intended to benefit non-profit community groups such as ag youth organizations, schools and other civic groups. Farmers can apply online or request a copy of the official rules of the award program at www.growcommunities.com, by calling 1.877.267.3332 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 over, 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, 2010. The program is open to all qualifying farmers, and there is no purchase requirement. One award will be made in each of the eligible counties in the three pilot states, shown below. Monsanto will announce winning farmers and recipient organizations they chose in March 2010.

Eligible counties include:

-Iowa: All 99 counties

-Missouri Counties: Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barton, Bates, Boone, Buchanan, Butler, Caldwell, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Clark, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, DeKalb, Dunklin, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Knox, Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Marion, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, New Madrid, Nodaway, Pemiscot, Perry, Pettis, Pike, Platte, Ralls, Randolph, Ray, Saline, Scotland, Scott, Shelby, St. Charles, Stoddard, and Vernon.

-Arkansas Counties: Ashley, Arkansas, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Saint Francis, and Woodruff.

“Farmers across America work hard to feed, fuel and clothe our country and the world,” said John Raines, Vice President of Customer Advocacy for Monsanto. “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.”

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