Farmers can aid fire departments with program

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DESHLER - Firefighters work hard to keep our local communities safe, and often do so with limited resources. Area farmer Larry Walther recognized the dedication of his local firefighters last February by awarding a $2,500 donation to Deshler Fire Department going to help purchase new equipment and update the fire house through America's Farmers Grow Communities.

America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, was created to benefit nonprofit community groups such as fire departments, agriculture youth organizations, schools and other civic groups that are important to America's farmers.

Now through Nov. 30, farmers can apply at www.growcommunities.com, or call 877-267-3332 to apply by phone. A $1 donation will be made to local United Way chapters for each farmer who signs up, to further enhance the investment in rural communities. Eligible farmers may enter regardless of involvement with previous Grow Communities programs.

Farmers, age 21 and over, who are actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton, or 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture are eligible.

The program is open to all qualifying farmers, and no purchase is necessary in order to enter or win. One winner will be selected at random from each of the 1,245 eligible counties, and the Monsanto Fund will announce winning farmers and recipient nonprofits in January 2012.

Eligible counties in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Putnam and Williams.

Visit www.growcommunities.com to sign up and to learn more about America's Farmers Grow Communities.

This program is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities, in order to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society. To view the official rules for this program, visit www.growcommunities.com.

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