Local farmer supports Mississippi County through America's Farmers Grow Communities

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Leachville Volunteer Fire Department will now be able to better serve the community, thanks to the support of local farmer, Wanda Lyerly, and America's Farmers Grow Communities.

Wanda Lyerly chose the Leachville Fire Department to receive a $2,500 donation she received from America's Farmers Grow Communities. (photo provided)

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which is the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides eligible farmers the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice.

Lyerly selected the Leachville Volunteer Fire Department to receive the $2,500 donation. The Leachville Volunteer Fire Department will use the funds to purchase new equipment for firefighters.

"I was just so excited when I heard I won on behalf of Mississippi County," Lyerly said. "I am so pleased I will be able to give back to the Leachville Fire Department. They are so deserving."

This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties that have been declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to drought.

In Arkansas, $145,000 is being given across 29 counties.

America's Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to strengthen rural America.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, visit growcommunities.com.

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