Drought-stricken farmers and rural communities receive double funding
PRATT, Kan. (March 18, 2013) – The Pratt High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department and the Pratt Health Foundation will now be able to better serve the community, thanks to the support of local farmer, Kent Goyen, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, 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 (USDA) due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.
Pratt County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Goyen the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Goyen selected the Pratt High School CTE Department and the Pratt Health Foundation. The CTE department will use the donation to to purchase supplies and update the current resources in the auto shop, woodworking and business classes.
Pratt Health Foundation will use the donation to buy new hospital equipment and furnishings for the Pratt Regional Medical Center remodeling project.
“I do substitute teaching for the CTE department,” Goyen said. “They need better equipment and more hands-on learning. The hospital is building a new facility and needs additional funds to purchase equipment. It’s nice of the Monsanto Fund to do this.”
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 Kansas, $440,000 is being given across 88 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, please visit growcommunities.com.
About the Monsanto Fund
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.