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Area farmer directs donation to Juda FFA
The Juda FFA officers are, from left: Aurora Daniels, Sara Jordan, Matt Schmitt, Kelsey Cramer, Clayton Mahlkuch, Jessica Crull, Rachel McCullough and Danielle Dieckhoff. (Photo supplied)
JUDA - Juda FFA has received a $2,500 donation from America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmer Darren Roth of Juda.

The donation will help the organization to purchase items for agriculture education classes as well as help those in need in the community. Some possible uses being discussed include updating and making improvements to shop and greenhouse equipment, purchasing additional textbooks for the current leadership class, purchasing new classroom tables and chairs, purchasing a new classroom projector and using a large portion of the money to benefit area food pantries.

For six years, the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, has collaborated with farmers to positively impact farming communities, donating over $22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across the country. Winning farmers direct donations to nonprofit organizations to help fight rural hunger, purchase fire and EMS equipment, support agriculture youth leadership programs, buy classroom resources and more.

Other programs include America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 college scholarships to high school and college students pursuing ag-related degrees, and America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, which works with farmers to nominate rural school districts to compete for $10,000 and $25,000 math and science grants. Visit to learn more.