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Augusta School District up for agricultural grant

(WEAU) - The Augusta School District could soon be the winner of a grant worth up to $25,000.

The district has been named a finalist to receive consideration to win an "America's Farmers Grow Rural Education" grant. The winner gets a $25,000 grant and a second $10,000 grant is awarded. The grant is provided by the Monsanto Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work.

Winners are chosen by the AFGRE's advisory council for their program ideas and funding needs.

Press Release

Augusta, Wis. (July 27, 2012) – Winning a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 can enhance educational opportunities for a school district in a rural community. Augusta School District was recently named as a finalist to receive consideration for an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant. Augusta School District is one of 29 finalists in the state of Wisconsin.

“We received so many outstanding applications from rural school districts across the county,” said Deborah Patterson, President, Monsanto Fund. “The finalists truly went above and beyond what was expected and stand out as top tier choices.”
More than 61,000 farmers shared their passion for rural education by nominating more than half the eligible school districts. Finalist schools were chosen for their program ideas and funding needs. Augusta School District also benefited from community support through numerous farmer nominations which strengthened the district’s application.

The grant review process includes an online application scoring system based on merit, need and community support; a review by science and math teachers from ineligible school districts; and a farmer advisory council.

Now that the finalists have been chosen, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 26 farmer leaders from across the country, will select the winning grant applications. In 2012, the Monsanto Fund plans to award nearly $2.3 million to eligible school districts across the country. To see the full list of finalists please visit GrowRuralEducation.com.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education started with a successful pilot in Illinois and Minnesota, in which farmers were given the opportunity to nominate a public school district in 165 eligible counties in those two states. The Monsanto Fund awarded more than $266,000 to local schools in 16 CRDs. Now, the program has expanded to 1,245 eligible counties in 39 states.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to help farmers positively impact their communities and support local rural school districts. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural education and communities. Another program that is part of this effort is America’s Farmers Grow Communities, giving farmers the opportunity to enter to win $2,500 to donate to their favorite community nonprofit organization in their county. You can participate in this program between Aug. 1 and Nov. 30 by visiting growcommunities.com.


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