Marvin Riepe, of O Fallon, has been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organizations.
To further support counties that have been declared disaster areas due to drought by the U.S.D.A. winning farmers in these counties were able to direct double the donation, a total of $5000 to further support the community.
Massac County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Riepe, the opportunity to place two $2500 donations. Riepe, who owns farmland in Massac County, selected Massac County Volunteer Fire Department and Massac County Community Center.
In 1271 eligible counties in 39 states, farmers could sign up for the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit. This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest over $5 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties suffering from the historic drought.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society and to help them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural America. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.