Grow Communities awards

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Blackburn Cemetery, represented by Glenn Nienhiser of Blackburn, and the Blackburn First Responders, represented by Martha Brunkhorst of Mt. Leonard, received $2,500 each from America's Farmers Grow Communities sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. (Photo furnished)

The Blackburn First Responders and the Blackburn Cemetery, each received $2,500 from the America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. To further support counties that have been declared disaster areas by the USDA due to drought, winning farmers in these counties were able to direct double the donation to support their community. Lafayette County was declared a disaster area.

Ben Kirchhoff of Blackburn was selected as a winner with his nominations in the Grow Commnities program.

Philip Varner of Odessa was also selected a winner. He nominated the Lafayette County Cancer Coaltion and the Odessa Back Snack Program Inc. and they, too, received $2,500 each.

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