September 24, 2017

America’s Farmers Grow Communities Enrollment Opens

Nonprofit organizations help rural communities thrive, and farmers across the U.S. have an opportunity to help these organizations. Through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, farmers can enroll for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization.

New this year, all farmers are now eligible to enroll in the program, if they meet the requirement of being 21 years old and actively engaged in farming at least 250 acres or more. The Grow Communities program will award more than $3 million to nonprofits in rural America in 2018.

These funds are used to provide support to a variety of rural nonprofit organizations that reflect the makeup and character of their local communities, including food banks, emergency response organizations, youth agriculture programs and many others. Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has awarded more than $26 million in donations.

Ron Rockhold, a repeat winner farmer from Sabina, Ohio, directed three years of donations to his local volunteer fire department. With the funds, Concord Green Volunteer Fire Department has purchased three tornado sirens. Previously the community only had one siren from the 1950s, which they have replaced and added two additional sirens. The new sirens will now be heard across the county and will provide a much-needed alert system to notify community members of violent weather conditions.

“Prior to receiving the donations, the fire department did not have the resources to install enough new sirens to cover our county’s most highly-populated areas,” said Rockhold. “As a 49-year veteran of the fire department, I am so grateful to the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program for the opportunity to give back.”

“Through the years, we have seen this program impact countless local communities, and we are proud to partner with farmers on this initiative to continue supporting nonprofit organizations important to them,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Because of farmers’ commitment to the Grow Communities program, their donations have provided vital support to organizations that make a lasting impact in local communities throughout the U.S.”

Farmers can easily enroll in the Grow Communities program from now to Nov. 1, 2017. Online enrollment, as well as a complete list of program rules and eligibility information, can be found at or by calling 1-877-267-3332 toll-free.  


About America’s Farmers

The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern US Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at


About the Monsanto Fund

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


USDA Designates Two Counties in South Dakota as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Nebraska

In response to a request from Jamie White, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in South Dakota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Douglas and Todd counties in South Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in Aurora, Bennett, Charles Mix, Davison, Hutchinson, Jackson, Mellette and Tripp counties in South Dakota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

Farmers and ranchers in Cherry and Keya Paha counties in Nebraska also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 14, 2017, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA service centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at


Heat Last Week Should Help Advance Row Crops, Rains this Week Will Recharge Soil Moisture – Audio with Dow AgroSciences at Big Iron

At Big Iron last week during one of the “hot” days of the show – we spoke with Bridgette Readel, Market Development Specialist at Dow AgroSciences in Hunter, North Dakota, about the maturity of the area’s corn and soybean crops ahead of early harvest activity.  She’s also hoping for a safe and productive harvest season for growers this year.  

Listen-In on our Visit –>    Dow AgroSciences at Big Iron 2017

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