Former 4-H'er gives back to organization
by Rory Doyle
Feb 20, 2013 | 1910 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Boyle farmers Luke and Lamar Andrews (second and third from left) presented a $2,500 donation to the Bolivar County 4-H Monday after receiving the funding from the America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. At the presentation were: Miller Greenlee, Monsanto field claims specialist; Laura Giaccaglia, Bolivar County Extension coordinator and 4-H agent; and Craig Hankins, Bolivar County Extension ag agent.
Boyle farmers Luke and Lamar Andrews (second and third from left) presented a $2,500 donation to the Bolivar County 4-H Monday after receiving the funding from the America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. At the presentation were: Miller Greenlee, Monsanto field claims specialist; Laura Giaccaglia, Bolivar County Extension coordinator and 4-H agent; and Craig Hankins, Bolivar County Extension ag agent.
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Boyle farmer Luke Andrews was recently selected as the winner of a $2,500 donation to direct towards his favorite local nonprofit organization.

The funding comes from America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Along with his father, Lamar, both of Andrews Farms, the duo selected Bolivar County 4-H as the lucky recipients.

The check was presented to the 4-H on Monday at the Bolivar County Extension office in Cleveland.

"It feels great to give to someone locally," said Luke.

Lamar was involved with 4-H years ago and said he couldn't think of a better community group.

"I think it's a good program for young kids to get into," said Lamar. "It' a good, wholesome program."

The America's Farmers Grow Communities supports farming communities in 1,271 counties across 39 states by offering farmers the opportunity to enter to win the $2,500 donation for their favorite charity.

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the seed-producing Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the farmers that feed, fuel and clothe the world.

Laura Giaccaglia, Bolivar County Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, said it was a thrill to receive news of the award.

"We were surprised and full of gratitude to know Andrews Farms wanted to choose 4-H to be the recipient of this money," said Giaccaglia. "It' an extra bit of money coming in that wasn't expected."

Giaccaglia said the support would help fund programs in areas such as livestock, horses, shooting sports and robotics.

She added that the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors was also proud to see a county-funded organization get selected.

Miller Greenlee, field claims specialist with Monsanto, was on hand Monday to present the check.

"We're excited to be able to help the community and farmers in one of the most important industries in this county and the Mississippi Delta," said Greenlee.

"We're happy to help organizations in the community to expand growth in an area that needs it."

This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest over $5 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties suffering from the historic drought.

The program launched in 2010 and is currently in its third year.

"We encourage farmers in our community to take advantage of this program that Monsanto offers and help other local nonprofit organizations," said Giaccaglia.

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