Scott Harder of Newton was selected a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations.


Scott Harder of Newton was selected a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations.
The awards are available through Monsanto Fund.
Harder designated Newton High School FFA to receive the award.
“We are so grateful,” said Newton FFA President Kaitlin Schmidt, during the award presentation. “The money will be put to good use, helping us with conference travel expenses and going towards completing the landscape plan for the high school’s vo-ag building.”
The $2,500 donation was awarded at a ceremony on Oct. 18 at Newton High School.
Mark Holloway, Monsanto mid-west territory sales manager made the presentation.
In its initial year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has provided almost 500 farmers in 10 states with $2,500 awards to direct to their favorite nonprofit organization.
In total, more than $202,500 was donated to nonprofits in Kansas.
 On Aug. 31, the program expanded to more than 1,200 counties in 38 states. Eligible farmers in Kansas can enter the contest again now by going to www.growcommunities.com or by calling (877) 267-3332 and applying by phone.
The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto Company to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local communities.
More than 20,000 farmers participated in the program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups, such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations.
Visit www.growcommunities.com to view a complete list of winners.