BALLINGER - Runnels County farmer Jacob Kalina directed a $2,500 to Runnels County 4-H as part of the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

BALLINGER - Runnels County farmer Jacob Kalina directed a $2,500 to Runnels County 4-H as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

As part of their mission Runnels County 4-H used the funds to help support 4-H’ers in their educational competitions at Texas 4-H Roundup.

“We would like to Thank Jacob for selecting Runnels County 4-H to receive the award," said Runnels County Extension Agent Marty Vahlenkamp. "Jacob is a past member of Runnels County 4-H and participated at Texas 4-H Roundup."

Each year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits.

Grow Communities, which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice.

“Farmers play a pivotal role in rural communities, and through their commitment to the Grow Communities program, we are able to provide the monetary support these nonprofit organizations need to make an impact,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “We’re proud to play a part in helping these rural communities grow and thrive.”

Since 2010, the Grow Communities program has given more than $29 million to nonprofits across rural America.

Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has partnered with farmers to support nonprofit organizations important to them in their local communities. The program has given more than $29 million to farming communities since its inception, including more than $3 million in 2018.

Each year, farmers enter for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit they care about in their community. The organizations reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and many others.