BOONE, Iowa—The Boone A&M FFA Chapter and Boone County 4-H were the lucky recipients of grants, courtesy of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Farmers enter the Grow Communities program and have an opportunity to be selected as the winner of a $2,500 grant that goes directly to their favorite nonprofit organization. Sue Brakhane, agronomist with Monsanto-Asgrow-Dekalb, said this year, because of the drought disaster declaration, the grant amount was doubled. Of the Boone County entries, Jason Herrstrom was selected the winner and received the opportunity to place two $2,500 donations to two organizations he was involved with, FFA and 4-H. Jim Fitzgerald, FFA advisor says the grant will be used to help send students to various events, like the FFA National Convention. Natalie Hedlund says 4-H will also use the donation to send to 4-Hers on citizenship trips and camp. Also on hand representing Monsanto was Christie Wiebbeck a Monsanto soybean breeder that works in Huxley, but lives in Boone.
The Monsanto Fund provides donations to 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states. The next round of the America’s Farmers Grow is currently under way. Qualifying producers are encouraged to nominate their favorite rural, public school now through April 15th. Administrators from nominated districts will then be able to submit grant applications to enhance their science and math programs before April 30th. Grants of up to $25,000 will be available.