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Nominations now open for America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grants until April 6

Farmers can nominate school districts until April 6
Jan 15, 2014

Across the United States, school districts are working to incorporate common core state standards and hands-on learning opportunities into their math and science curriculum. These new opportunities are designed to provide real-world experiences that help grow the next generation by preparing them for success in college and in their careers. Now in its third year, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is once again gearing up to help rural school districts by investing more than $2.3 million to strengthen math and science education in rural communities.

Between now and April 6, farmers have the opportunity to nominate their local public school district to compete for a grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. Administrators from nominated school districts can then submit grant applications for either amount, through April 21, to enhance their math and/or science programs.

“We believe that growing the next generation begins with a strong foundation in math and science,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer. “This opportunity for success begins in the classroom.”

School districts that apply for a $10,000 grant compete against other school districts in the same U.S. Department of Agriculture-appointed Crop Reporting District. CRDs with five or fewer eligible school districts will compete against each other for a single $10,000 grant. School districts that apply for a $25,000 grant will compete against schools that are located in the same state or designated region. Winners will be announced in August 2014.

Monsanto Fund grant applications will be judged based on merit, need and community support. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 30 farmer leaders from across the country, will select the winning grant applications.

For more information about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program and to view the official rules, and a list of eligible states, counties and CRDs, visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com.

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.

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