Moniteau County farmer supports local FFA through America’s Farmers Grow Communities

At the Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities presentation are, at left, Russell Wolf,winning farmer, center are FFA students Aana Nichols and Katie Franken, far right, Doug Mertens, Monsanto Representative.

At the Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities presentation are, at left, Russell Wolf,winning farmer, center are FFA students Aana Nichols and Katie Franken, far right, Doug Mertens, Monsanto Representative.

Local farmer Russell Wolf has directed a $2,500 donation to the Tipton FFA. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will be used to assist with travel expenses throughout the year, to give students more opportunities to learn about agriculture.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

“The chapter has grown a lot over the last year and they continue to do a lot of community service,” said Wolf. “The kids deserve this grant for all the hard work they do.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Tipton FFA, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Russell Wolf.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.

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