America's Farmers Grow Communities

The Monsanto Fund's "America's Farmers Grow Communities" program annually offers local 4-H programs in more than 1,300 counties in 39 states, including 72 in Missouri, the opportunity to receive $2,500 in unrestricted funding if they are designated as a recipient by a participating farmer. Clubs are encouraged to reach out and persuade local farmers to apply on their behalf.

How does an eligible farmer apply?

It takes less than five minutes to apply, and the application period runs August 1 through November 30 of this year. There are three possible ways to nominate a club or county:

  1. Online Application
  2. Paper Nomination
  3. Call 1-877-267-3332

Who is eligible to apply?

This program is designed for farmers who live in one of the 1,300 eligible counties, are 21 years or older, and actively engaged in farming:

  • at least 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton, OR
  • farm 40 acres of open field vegetables, OR
  • at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture.

How are winners selected?

One winner will be selected at random from each of the eligible 1,300 counties across 39 states. Winning farmers and recipient nonprofits are announced in January.

2016 Eligible counties in Missouri:

Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barton, Bates, Benton, Bollinger, Boone, Buchanan, Butler, Caldwell, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cooper, Dade, Daviess, De Kalb, Dunklin, Franklin, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Knox, Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Marion, Mercer, Mississippi, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, New Madrid, Nodaway, Pemiscot, Perry, Pettis, Pike, Platte, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Ray, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Scott, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Sullivan, Vernon, Warren and Worth.

Monsanto has provided promotional materials to download.

Missouri 4-H county programs and clubs that have benefited from the Monsanto Fund America's Farmers Grow Communities Program, thus far:


  1. Audrain County 4-H (Audrain)
  2. Carroll County 4-H (Carroll)
  3. Clark County 4-H Council (Clark)
  4. Clay County 4-H (Clay)
  5. Stoddard County 4-H (Stoddard)


  1. Atchison County 4-H (Atchison)
  2. Lake Creek Lamp Lighters 4-H (Benton)
  3. Bollinger County 4-H (Bollinger)
  4. Lone Summit 4-H Club (Jackson)
  5. Oyster Prairie 4-H (Lewis)
  6. Coffee Creek 4-H (Marion)
  7. Ralls County 4-H (Ralls)
  8. Point Prairie 4-H (St. Charles)


  1. Pleasant Hill 4-H Club (Caldwell)
  2. Laredo Busy Bees 4-H Club (Grundy)
  3. Ladybugs and Beetles 4-H Ckub (Platte)


  1. Audrain 4-H Center (Audrain)
  2. Caldwell County 4-H Council (Caldwell)
  3. Colony 4-H (Knox)
  4. New Madrid 4-H (New Madrid)
  5. Perry County 4-H (Harold Franklin)
  6. Pike County 4-H (Pike)
  7. Randolph County 4-H (Randolph)
  8. Pointe Prairie 4-H (St. Charles)
  9. Star Banner 4-H (Stoddard)


  1. Audrain County 4-H (Audrain)
  2. Barton County 4-H (Barton)
  3. Leopold 4-H Club (Bollinger)
  4. Clay County 4-H (Clay)
  5. Johnson County 4-H Council (Johnson)
  6. Busy Beavers 4-H Club (Montgomery)
  7. Pike County 4-H (Pike)
  8. St. Charles 4-H Council (St. Charles)
  9. Ste. Genevieve County 4-H Beef Club (Ste. Genevieve)


  1. Avilla 4-H (Jasper)
  2. Pettis County 4-H Foundation (Pettis County)
  3. Putnam County 4-H Building Fund (Putnam)
  4. Ralls County 4-H Council (Ralls)
  5. Saline County 4-H (Saline)
  6. Gorin Go Getters 4-H Club (Scotland)
  7. Worth County 4-H (Worth)