The Fort Loramie FFA chapter provides valuable learning experiences
for youth interested in the agriculture industry. Through involvement
in FFA, students develop the skills to become leaders in their
communities. Simply put, today’s FFA youth members are the future of
Farmers in Shelby County have the opportunity to plant the seed that
helps grow their local FFA chapters. Through America’s Farmers Grow
CommunitiesSM, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, farmers can win $2,500
for the Fort Loramie FFA Chapter. Last year, winning farmers directed
$490,000 to 196 FFA chapters across the country.
The program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to
invest in farm communities, in order to highlight the important
contributions farmers make every day to our society. Farmers can apply
online at www.growcommunities.com, or call 1.877.267.3332 to apply by phone.
Farmers, age 21 and over, who are actively engaged in farming a
minimum of 250 acres of corn, cotton, and/or soybeans, or 40 acres of
open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or
cucumbers grown in protected culture are eligible. Farmers can enter
now through Nov. 30, 2011. The program is open to all qualifying
farmers, and no purchase is necessary in order to enter or win. Farmers
who meet the eligibility requirements may enter regardless of previous
participation. One winner will be drawn from each of the participating
counties, and the Monsanto Fund will announce winning farmers and
recipient organizations in January 2012.