Alan Cordes of Waupaca has been selected as a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which gave 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. Cordes has designated the Manawa Little Wolf High School FFA, located in Manawa to receive the donation.
Cordes says he is very excited to have been selected as the winner for Waupaca County. “I appreciate the opportunity to select Manawa FFA for the Monsanto Grow Communities Fund and look forward to the results of their progress. They are very actively involved in community activities in Waupaca County and this donation will be a good fit to help make improvements”, said Cordes.
The $2,500 donation was awarded at a ceremony held on April 10th, 2011 at the annual FFA banquet at the Manawa Little Wolf High School.
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. Previous Grow Communities projects resulted in the donation of nearly $1.2 million in 477 counties in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota. In total, more than $132,500 has been donated to nonprofits in Wisconsin.
The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, 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.