It was perfect timing.
While the LaRue County FFA Chapter was celebrating National FFA Week, their advisor, Misty Bivens, was planning a surprise.
Bivens, along with her husband Ryan, are the local winners of America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, offers farmers a chance to win $2,500 for their favorite nonprofit organization.
It was only natural for Bivens to select the local FFA Chapter as the recipient.
“The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is great because in many cases the Monsanto Fund and winning farmers reward organizations, like the FFA, that farmers are already supporting. We need young people to ensure America has the safest and largest food supply in the world and the FFA helps youth get involved in agriculture to live up to that standard. This money from the Monsanto Fund will provide lots of opportunities for our FFA chapter,” she said. “What was most exciting for my students was the fact that this award recognizes the hard work they do every day.”
Matt Livesay, Monsanto’s representative, presented the check to Bivens during an assembly Friday. He said 1,200 counties in 38 states were eligible for the program. Twenty-nine counties in Kentucky were eligible.
The Fund was limited to farmers, age 21 and older, who are actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton, or 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers or cucumbers grown in protected culture, are eligible.