Joanne Harvey of La Porte City was selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 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 $5,000 to further support the community. Black Hawk County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Joanne Harvey, the opportunity to place two $2,500 donations. Joanne Harvey selected Cedar Valley Food Pantry and the La Porte-Dysart FFA.

This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest over $5 million in rural America through Grow Communities.

In 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states, farmers could sign up for the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit, to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society.

MONSANTO HELPS GROW COMMUNITIES - On behalf of the Monsanto Fund, Tom Lizer (second from left) presented checks in the amount of $2,500 to Barb Prather, Director of the Cedar Valley Food Bank (left) and Eli Kautz, FFA Vice President (second from right) on March 27 at the Union High School Media Center. Joining the presentation was Dolores Bader (right), who represented Joanne and Tom Harvey, who were unable to attend. Monsanto’s donations to the Cedar Valley Food Bank and the La Porte-Dysart FFA were made possible when the Harveys signed up for the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Photo by Mary Bauer.

MONSANTO HELPS GROW COMMUNITIES – On behalf of the Monsanto Fund, Tom Lizer (second from left) presented checks in the amount of $2,500 to Barb Prather, Director of the Cedar Valley Food Bank (left) and Eli Kautz, FFA Vice President (second from right) on March 27 at the Union High School Media Center. Joining the presentation was Dolores Bader (right), who represented Joanne and Tom Harvey, who were unable to attend. Monsanto’s donations to the Cedar Valley Food Bank and the La Porte-Dysart FFA were made possible when the Harveys signed up for the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Photo by Mary Bauer.