SIKESTON -- Some rural nonprofit organizations are benefitting from local farmers' crop production and from a bit of their luck, too.
In January, Monsanto created America's Farmers Grow Communities Project, which allows farmers to register to win $2,500 for their favorite community charity. The initial program made awards through a random selection in Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri -- including farmers in Scott, New Madrid, Mississippi and Stoddard counties.
The program benefits nonprofit community groups such as agriculture youth organizations, schools and other civic groups in an effort to strengthen rural America.
"It's a great shift to see funding is moving money out to rural America where we know it's needed and is put back into those communities where farmers live," said Gayla Daugherty, Monsanto community outreach manager, about the pilot program. "And who knows better than the farmers where the money is needed?"
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