4-H and Magnolia Fire Department split Monsanto funds

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 The LaRue County 4-H and Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department will now be able to better support their causes as well as serve their communities, thanks to the support of local farmer, Caleb Ragland, 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 due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

LaRue County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Ragland the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Ragland selected LaRue County 4-H and Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department.

The presentation was made March 8 at the Elizabethtwon Community College Dixie Fire Fighters Training School.

LaRue County 4-H will use the money to fund projects and experiences for the community’s youth to aid in their understanding of agriculture. Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department will purchase grain bin rescue equipment.

“We appreciate Monsanto's efforts to re-invest in our community,” said Ragland.

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 Kentucky, $160,000 is being given across 32 counties.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities.