On February 24, Harlingen High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) received a $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmer Frontis Newell of Cameron County. The donation will help the organization purchase necessary materials and encourage student participation.
“The idea behind the Monsanto Fund’s American Farmers Grow Communities Program is to direct money to rural non-profit organizations across the country,” says Frontis Newell. “The local FFA chapters help to introduce high school kids to all aspects of farming and ranching and teach them to be good stewards of our natural resources. Investing in these kids and programs seems like a logical place to direct an ag-related donation for our community. Besides, both my children are involved in the Harlingen High School FFA.”
For six years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America. Winning farmers will direct donations to nonprofits to fight rural hunger, purchase life-saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag-youth leadership programs, buy much-needed classroom resources, and so much more.
“As an FFA chapter, we are extremely thankful for this generous grant,” says Kennedy Boykin Harlingen FFA President. “In the past years, our organization hasn’t been as large as we had hoped. With the opportunity of this wonderful grant, not only can we improve our resources and necessary materials, but also we get the chance to expand our membership numbers. The more involved our club gets, the more we can advocate for this wonderful organization.”
America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support local nonprofit causes that positively impact farming communities across rural America. Grow Communities is one program in the America’s Farmers community outreach effort, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Other programs include America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture by providing $1,500 college scholarships to high school and college students pursuing ag-related degrees and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, which works with farmers to nominate rural school districts to compete for $10,000 and $25,000 math and science grants. Visit AmericasFarmers.com to learn more.
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the 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 monsantofund.org.