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March 06, 2015

Megan Wheeler, Osborn Barr
(314) 746-1915

ST. LOUIS – Public school districts in rural communities can help prepare students for academic and career success by applying for $2.3 million in math or science grants from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

It all starts with the farmers in those communities. Through April 1, farmers can nominate a public school district in their communities to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant. Nominated school districts can then submit grant applications, through April 15 to compete for funds to enhance math or science programs.

“Grow Rural Education is our way to partner with farmers across rural America to provide top-quality education to students in their local communities,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer. “Helping students acquire proficiency in math and science will assist in creating the next generation of problem solvers.”

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education launched nationally in 2012 after a successful pilot. Since, it has awarded over $7 million to more than 500 school districts leading to innovations and improvements in math and science education across rural America. Alabama school districts have received $55,000 in grants from the program over the past three years.

School districts that apply for a $10,000 grant compete against other school districts in the same USDA-appointed Crop Reporting District (CRD). School districts that apply for a $25,000 grant compete against schools that are located in the same state or designated region. Applications will be evaluated based on merit, need and community support. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of farmer leaders from across the country, will select the winning grant applications, which will be announced in August.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Learn more at

For official rules and other information about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, visit

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