Growing Rural America One Community At A Time.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to support local farming communities. The program, which launched in 2010, allows farmers to enter to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organization, such as; 4-H, FFA, Schools, Fire Departments and other civic groups. One winner will be selected in each of the 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states. Following below is some additional information for eligibility. For complete information and to submit your entry, you can go to the website here GrowCommunities.com. This year, if you live in a county that has been declared a natural disaster area, you can choose two charities in your county, each to receive $2500.
Farmer Eligibility – Entrants must live or farm in an eligible county, be 21 years old or older and actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans, and/or cotton; or 40 acres of open field vegetables (as defined above), or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers, and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture (glasshouse, nethouse, plastic). Entrants are limited to one entry per qualified person (regardless of the form of entry). A farmer is “actively engaged in farming” if he or she performs the work, or hires and actively manages others who do so.
Awards and Grants: One winner will be selected from each eligible county for which at least one eligible entry is received from a farmer who resides or farms in such county, and the Sponsor will award each winner the right (an “Award”) to select a Charity that will receive a $2,500 Grant (see below for special provisions for counties that have been declared natural disaster areas due to the 2012 drought). The Grant must be used by the Charity to improve local communities and organizations in the county in which the winner resides or farms and that the farmer has designated on the entry application. If the Sponsor does not receive an entry for any eligible county, the Sponsor will not make an Award, or a Grant under this program, with respect to that county. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received for each county. The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the program at any time. All details about the Awards and Grants not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by the Sponsor at its sole discretion. No entrant may win more than one Award and no entrant may enter in more than one eligible county.
Special Provisions for Drought: The winner selected in each county that has been declared a natural disaster area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture based on the Secretarial designation process will receive the right to designate a second charity of their choosing to receive $2,500, totaling $5,000 in Grants awarded in such counties. These winners may choose the eligible community nonprofit(s) to which the additional $2,500 disaster relief donation will be directed based on community needs that have surfaced due to the drought. These designations and related Grants must comply with all requirements of these Official Rules.
SOUTH DAKOTA Counties: Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Deuel, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Gregory, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Lyman, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Sully, Tripp, Turner, Union, Walworth and Yankton.