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March 31, 2013

Local farmer supports local organizations

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Niagara County 4-H Sponsors Committee and Miller Hose Volunteer Fire Co. will now be able better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer, James Wendler and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Co., America’s Farmers Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

Niagara County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Wendler the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Wendler selected Niagara County 4-H Sponsors Committee and Miller Hose Volunteer Fire Co. Niagara County 4-H Sponsors Committee will use the funds for scholarships, awards and trips.

Miller Hose Volunteer Fire Co. will use the funds for a new county-wide firemen accountability system.

“The Miller Hose Volunteer Fire Co. and the Niagara County 4-H Sponsors Committee do a lot of work within the community,” Wendler said. “Niagara County 4-H Sponsors Committee focuses on agriculture and helps prepare the youth for careers in the field.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought. In New York, $87,500 is being given across 18 counties.

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

The Monsanto Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Co. employees live and work.

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