David Hoelscher of Alice 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. Hoelscher has designated Jim Wells County 4-H, located in Alice, Texas to receive the donation.

Hoelscher is very excited to have been selected as the winner for Jim Wells County.

He said, “Thank you very much for this opportunity. I’m excited to provide the donation for the 4-H because the kids will benefit from these funds. The Monsanto Fund program is very generous in giving back to rural communities.”

County Extension Agent Rogelio Mercado said, “The funds will be used to promote the 4-H program in Jim Wells County, as well as assist 4-H’ers with entry fees and travel fees for projects and events.

“The events may include leadership activities, district competitions and state competitions such as public speaking or educational presentations. We are very grateful to David Hoelscher and the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program for this award.”

The $2,500 donation was awarded at a ceremony held on  April 11 at the Commissioners Court.

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 $172,500 has been donated to nonprofits in Texas.

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.

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