Nonprofits can apply for donation through Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities

ST. LOUIS — America’s Farmers Grow Communities will partner again with farmers to award more than $3.3 million to community nonprofits across the country. In Maryland, 14 organizations will receive donations in 2016. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in rural communities by giving farmers a chance to direct $2,500 donations to eligible nonprofit organizations of their choice. Farmer enrollment for Grow Communities runs through Nov. 30, 2015.

Somerset County recipients in the past have included the Humane Society of Somerset County, Marion Volunteer Fire Department and Somerset Intermediate School.

“Thanks to the participation of farmers from across the country, more than 7,000 nonprofit organizations have received donations through Grow Communities in the past five years,” said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund president. “We are excited to team up with farmers once again to help support the causes that mean the most to them and strengthen rural America.”

Maryland farmers can enroll in the program and find a complete list of program rules and eligibility information at or by calling 877-267-3332 toll-free. Program winners will be announced in January. Follow Grow Communities’ new Facebook page to learn more about the program and connect with past winners at

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Students are encouraged to apply for the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship.