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April 4, 2013

Wiggins Wins $2,500 Monsanto Grants for 4-H Council, FFA

Members of the Scotland County 4-H were on hand at the Scotland County Courthouse to receive a $2,500 America's Farmers Grow Communities grant courtesy of Monsanto. The award was won on behalf of the group by Scotland County farmer David Wiggins.

David Wiggins of Scotland County was selected as a winner in America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organizations. To further support counties that have been declared disaster areas due to drought by the USDA, winning farmers in these counties were able to direct double the donation, a total of $5,000 to further support the community.

Scotland County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving David Wiggins, the opportunity to place two $2,500 donations. David Wiggins selected Scotland 4H Extension and Memphis FFA.

A Monsanto representative was in Memphis on March 20th at the Scotland County Courthouse to participate in a check presentation ceremony. Two $2,500 checks were awarded, one each to the extension council and the Memphis FFA. The groups had indicated a desire to utilize the funds to help replace the cattle barn roof at the Scotland County fairgrounds, but the decision has not been finalized.

Representatives of the Memphis FFA Chapter joined representatives of Monsanto, who presented a check for $2,500 to the group on behalf of grant applicant, Scotland County farmer David Wiggins.

In 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states, farmers could sign up for the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit. In 2013, the Monsanto Fund will invest over $5 million in rural America through Grow Communities.

The program, which began in 2010, is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society and to help them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to support rural America.

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