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Darrell Padgett, an Orrick-area farmer, was chosen as the recipient of a $5,000 award from the Monstanto Fund in the 2013 America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.
Two agriculture-related local organizations, Orrick High School FFA and Ray County 4-H, will each receive $2,500 donations as the result of Padgett’s selection.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local non-profit organization of their choice.
To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture, winning farmers such as Padgett had their donations doubled. The USDA declared Ray County a disaster area during the 2012 drought.
Padgett selected Orrick High School and Ray County 4-H as his recipients. The FFA will use the donation to help offset the cost of sending four members to the FFA Washington Leadership Conference in June, and the remainder of the funds to support any of its members who plan to attend the three-day Missouri FFA Public Speaking Academy.
The 4-H will use the donation to assist with the 4-H premiums at the Ray County Fair.
“We have friends and family that go to this school, and we really want to strengthen the knowledge of future farmers,” Padgett said of the donations.
This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through the Grow Communities program and doubling of donations as the result of the drought.
In Missouri, $177,500 will have been awarded in 71 counties.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities.
For a list of all recipients, see www.growcommunities.com.