CASS COUNTY FARMER WINS $2,500 FROM MONSANTO PROGRAM
(Massena) A Monsanto Representative will present a check to the Massena Fire Station this evening on Behalf of Louis Holste of Massena a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program. This program gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The Monsanto Fund sponsors the program, and winning farmers designate a local nonprofit organization to benefit from the donations. Holste has designated the Massena Fire Department to receive the donation.
Holste says he is very excited to have been selected as the winner for Cass County.
“I know the department is always in need of funds for updates and new equipment, so I know they’ll be excited about this,” he said. “I’m just glad to have the chance to send this money their way.”
Drew Williams, Massena Fire Chief says the $2,500 will be used to purchase equipment to help the department deal with blazes outside of the city’s water system.
“The donation will be used to help fund the replacement of the department’s tanker truck,” Williams said. “The tanker is a vital part of fighting fires in rural areas where we can’t just hookup to a water source.”
The $2,500 donation was awarded at a ceremony held Monday, March 8 in Massena. In more than 1,200 eligible counties, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3 million in local communities. The program originated with two pilot programs. The first pilot included 179 counties in Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas. The second pilot was expanded to include 298 counties in California, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and South Dakota. Farmers in all 99 Iowa counties are eligible. Monsanto Fund will invest $247,500 in those communities. In total, Monsanto invested $500,000 in Iowa
The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto, to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local communities. To date, more than 60,000 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.
The presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Massena Fire Station.