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Dale Libben, of Perrysville, won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Mohican Historical Society.
The society, which operates the CRF Museum, will use the funds to expand educational programs, including those highlighting the importance of agriculture, and introduce new classes and workshops at the museum.
"We're absolutely thrilled, I was so excited when we heard from Monsanto about the donation that the next time I saw Dale I ran up and gave him a hug," said Jeanne Griffin, president of the society. "We've been looking to add more activities at the museum, and this will be perfect to get those going."
Griffin noted that Libben is a lifetime member of the society, and frequently attends museum programs.
The Grow Communities program's purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit. Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations the reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, and many others.
"Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began," said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. "Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community." The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America's Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit www.GrowCommunities.com.