With an estimated nine billion mouths to feed by 2050, organizations such as Orrick FFA help turn young farmers into community and industry leaders who can meet the challenges of our growing population.
Thanks to a local farmer and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, Orrick FFA will now be able to better support its members.
Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Orrick farmer Tom Waters was the winning farmer in Ray County. He recognized the need to support youth in agriculture and directed the donation to Orrick FFA.
The organization will use the $2,500 to hold a community appreciation breakfast and offer more scholarships for students.
“Orrick FFA plans to use the donation in a variety of ways,” said Don Honeycutt, Orrick FFA adviser. “First, we would like to give back to our community. Secondly, we plan to use the remainder as scholarships for students who wish to attend national or state FFA leadership conferences.”
Waters presented Orrick FFA with the $2,500 donation April 24 during a ceremony in the school gym.
Through the Monsanto fund, the company gives farmers in 1,245 eligible counties in the U.S. to win $2,500 for afavorite nonprofit organization. The fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year, including more than $177,500 to nonprofits in Missouri.
– See coverage of the Orrick FFA banquet in Monday’s Richmond News