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Ralls County Farmer Wins $2,500 for Ralls County 4-H Council

Andy Woollen of New London has been selected as a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM 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. Woollen has designated Ralls County 4-H, located in New London, to receive the donation.  

Woollen said he is very excited to have been selected as the winner for Ralls County. “I think it's a very good program to be able to have these funds available to better the community organizations.”

Amy Hodges, Ralls County 4-H Youth Program Assistant, said, “Ralls County 4-H is very excited to have been selected for these funds.  This contribution will help us to continue supporting the youth of this county.  A big thanks to Mr. Woollen for selecting 4-H to be the recipient of this generous donation from the Monsanto Fund.”

The $2,500 donation was awarded at a ceremony held March 7 in the Ralls County Courthouse.

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 $320,000 has been donated to nonprofits in Missouri.

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.