With an estimated nine billion mouths to feed by 2050, the future of farming depends on America’s youth. Organizations such as the Audrain County 4-H help turn these ag youth into community and industry leaders who will be able to meet the challenges of our growing population. Audrain County 4-H will now be able to provide more opportunities to the 4-H members thanks to a local farmer and America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM. Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Richard and GeJuan Cochran were the winning farmers in Audrain County. They recognized the need to support youth in agriculture and directed the donation to Audrain County 4-H, and not only did they direct the $2,500 to the 4-H but also put in $1,000 of their own.
“4-H has provided many benefits and opportunities for our family,” GeJuan said. “Our son and daughter were active 4-H members from Clover Kids age through high school graduation. They learned life skills, attended camp, participated in fairs, and even attended Citizenship Washington Focus. 4-H does make a difference in the lives of our community’s children. 4-H is not just for members; it provides opportunities for strengthening the entire family. We would like to add an additional $1,000 to Monsanto’s award as a thank you for the difference 4-H has made in our family.”
The organization will use the $2,500 to upgrade the facilities in the livestock barn.
“We have needed to purchase a large commercial fan to install in the livestock barn for some time,” said Heather Wagner, Audrain 4-H treasurer.“ Currently, we use small box fans to help circulate the air. This donation is just what we needed to move forward with this project. Thank you so very much.”
In a ceremony held on May 7 at the Audrain County Fairgrounds, Richard and GeJuan got the chance to present Audrain County 4-H with the $2,500 donation.
“I am blown away at the generosity of Richard and GeJuan and their dedication to the 4-H,” said Doug Mertens, territory sales manager for Monsanto. “This is why we do Grow Communities, to support the great farmers we have in this country.”
Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities:
• Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations.
• The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone.
• More than $177,500 in total will be donated to nonprofits in Missouri.
• A list of all winners and more information can be found at www.growcommunities.com.
Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Audrain County. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Richard and GeJuan make every day to our society.
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.