Philanthropy at work: Local farmers support Mitchell County through America’s Farmers Grow Communities

Drought-stricken farmers and rural communities receive double funding

TIPTON, Kan. (April 2, 2013) - Tipton Catholic High School and Heart Choices will now be able to better serve the community, thanks to the support of local farmers, Kenny and Brigit Gasper, and America's Farmers Grow Communities.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.
Mitchell County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving the Gaspers the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. The Gaspers selected the Tipton Catholic High School and Heart Choices. This is the third concesutive year Tipton Catholic High School has been selected as a winning organization in Grow Communities.
"It feels great to be the winner for Mitchell County," Kenny said. "It is nice to give money back to local organizations."
This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.
In Kansas, $440,000 is being given across 88 counties.
America's Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to strengthen rural America.
For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.

About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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